With Nevada’s frequent unhealthy air quality an issue for residents at even moderate risk for health and breathing issues, you need to ensure the air in your home is as safe to breathe as possible.
Ambient Edge is your experienced, local indoor air quality inspection and testing company. Give us a call at (702) 723-4704 and we’ll help you understand what you’re breathing indoors, give you information to help stamp out the sources, where possible, and make sure you’re breathing cleaner air when you’re at home.
How Does Pollution Get Indoors?
Open doors, windows, leaks, and cracks throughout your home are the gateway to pollution outdoors making its way into your home. Additionally, cooking, cleaning chemicals, carpet and furniture chemicals, mold, pollen, and even tobacco smoke don’t have far to travel when they start inside your house to begin with.
The list of all the bacteria, chemicals, and particles you’re breathing when you’re in your home can be terrifying:
- Wildfire smoke
- Tobacco smoke
- Carpet and furniture off-gassing
- Cleaning chemicals
- Mildew and mold
- Vehicle exhaust
An air quality inspection can help you determine what is present in your home and how to get rid of it.
Here Is Why a Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Inspection Matters
For anyone buying or selling a home, a full indoor air quality inspection is a must. In fact, it is often now required as part of the inspection or home sales contract.
Regardless of whether you’re moving or staying in your current home, it’s vital for homeowners to understand if their indoor air quality is poor.
Older homes in particular often have insulation, ceiling tiles, or floor tiles that contain asbestos. Asbestos is known to cause cancer. However, if it is properly enclosed and maintained, it should not be an issue. It’s when a professional determines that it is airborne that you need an experienced remediator. If you have asbestos in your home, it pays to know where and in what condition it’s in before it degrades and becomes dangerous.
More than 400 Americans die every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Simply having a carbon monoxide detector and alarm installed can save your life.
It is also important to determine if small concentrations are present away from detectors – something a professional inspector can determine.
Pet dander, rodent and insect urine, and droppings – all of these can cause everything from allergy flare-ups to the hantavirus.
Allergens and Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are found in everything from paint, carpet, and upholstery to air fresheners and dry cleaning chemicals. Short-term exposure can worsen allergies and asthma and cause allergy- or illness-type symptoms (headache, dizziness, eye and throat irritation, for example).
Exposure over a period of years can cause internal organ damage and cancer.
Mold and Mildew
Breathing in mildew and mold may be worse than just having to deal with the smell. Respiratory symptoms, sometimes serious and long-lasting, can happen after even short exposures to breathing in mold.
Radon is a radioactive gas naturally released into the soil when uranium breaks down. It is colorless and odorless. The only way to know if your home has radon is to have a professional radon test. While your neighbor may mention they have a radon mitigation system, that doesn’t mean you need one. Radon can enter homes through cracks and leaks, particularly in the foundation. So, there is no real pattern to how it affects homes and neighborhoods.
However, Nevada does have a higher-than-average level of radon, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DPBH). Ambient Edge can perform a radon test and tell you for certain if you need to consider a radon mitigation system to help keep you from breathing this cancer-causing gas, or if your home is safe.
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What You Should Do After Your Air-Quality Inspection
Most of the tests conducted by your Ambient Edge technician will be sent to a lab for professional analysis. As soon as we receive the results, we contact you to share them with you and make recommendations.
Common suggestions include:
- Air filtration systems
- Professional mold remediation
- Radon mitigation systems
- Overview of proper maintenance or professional removal of asbestos
- Carbon monoxide detectors
While it can feel easier to turn away and not to learn about what’s in your home’s air, the more you know, the better you can take steps – even small, simple steps – to achieve a home with cleaner, safer air.
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Schedule an Indoor Air Quality Inspection and Tests for Your Paradise, NV Home Today
Don’t put off your indoor air quality inspection and testing any longer. Call Ambient Edge at (702) 723-4704 or fill out the form. Our licensed, experienced, professional technicians help you fully understand what’s in your home’s air and how to make it safer and healthier to breathe.