The Summerlin area of Las Vegas has concerning fluctuations of outdoor air quality. Unhealthy levels of ozone — a pollutant released by gas-burning vehicles — are an ongoing problem. In fact, the Las Vegas area is the 9th most polluted city in the nation when it comes to ozone and particle pollution, according to a recent report by the American Lung Association.
Breathing polluted air can be harmful to elders, children, and people with asthma, heart, or lung conditions. Regularly breathing pollution and particles can even cause health issues.
Our experienced indoor air quality inspectors are fully equipped to test the air quality throughout your Summerlin home and share with you how to improve your indoor air quality. One call to (888) 628-5890 and we can provide an estimate and help you ensure the air you’re breathing in your home isn’t harmful to your health.
Your Indoor Air Quality Inspection
Your Ambient Edge inspector will look for:
- Bacteria and mold growth
- Pet dander, dust, pollen, and other allergens
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from chemicals, carpets, paint, smoking, cleaning products, and other materials
The air quality inspector takes samples of the air from multiple areas in your home, as air circulation can be uneven, and harmful air and substances can be concentrated in one area or dispersed throughout.
You can’t see or smell radon, but it’s dangerous and it could be in your home. This radioactive gas occurs naturally in all types of soil and rock. Radon exposure is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
If your home has any contact with the ground, radon can get in, particularly through cracks in the foundation. The state of Nevada recommends all homes be tested for radon.
If radon is found during your Ambient Edge indoor air quality inspection, your technician will discuss radon mitigation options with you.
Common Issues Discovered During an Indoor Air Quality Inspection
While we occasionally find something unusual during an indoor air quality inspection, there are many more common issues we discover. It is typically helpful for homeowners to understand they are not alone in having potentially detrimental indoor air quality.
- From dogs and cats to hamsters and parakeets, if you have pets, you have pet hair and dander. Even for homeowners who do not have pets, there is still potential exposure to dander and allergens from rodents, pest droppings, and insects.
- Every home has dust. However, some homes have more of a problem with dust than others. If yours is one of them, there are ways to prevent dust from dispersing through your home.
- Newer homes often have high levels of VOCs from building materials, cleaning chemicals, paint, flooring, carpet, pesticides, and other substances. Exposure to VOCs can cause everything from headaches and throat irritation to kidney and liver damage, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- In any home, there are humid environments such as laundry areas and bathrooms. Humid conditions can lead to mold growth. Mold growth can lead to allergy-like symptoms including stuffy nose, watery eyes, and wheezing. Mold and mildew are common. Black mold is less common but can cause more serious health issues.
- Even if you have a carbon monoxide detector, it may miss small leaks or it may not be measuring leaks in the part of your home furthest from the detector. These leaks can build up, making open flames dangerous and potentially causing a large carbon monoxide leak.
When our indoor air quality inspectors bring these types of issues to a homeowner’s attention, they often panic. However, many of these issues can be minor and the necessary repairs are affordable and small. Simply changing your HVAC system filter on a regular basis can make a big difference in your indoor air quality, for example.
For many people, “out of sight, out of mind,” is okay. But when it comes to the air you breathe day and night, the more educated you are, the better. That’s why it’s so important to have an indoor air quality inspection on your Summerlin, NV home, regardless of when it was built.
Common Recommendations After an Indoor Air Quality Inspection
Usually, your Ambient Edge technician will need to send tests to a third-party lab for analysis, so most of the results from your indoor air quality inspection will not be available right away. However, common recommendations we make include:
- Installing or upgrading carbon monoxide detectors
- Proper maintenance, repair, or removal of any asbestos
- Mold removal and professional remediation, where necessary
- Air purification and filtration solutions
We know this information can be overwhelming, but don’t wait any longer to find out what is circulating through your indoor air. Every low quality or dangerous air day is one day too many.
Schedule Your Indoor Air Quality Inspection and Testing for Your Summerlin, NV Home Today
If you’re considering selling your Summerlin home, indoor air quality inspections are frequently now required as part of the sales and purchase process. If you’re planning on staying put, protect your home investment and your health by ensuring the air you breathe indoors is safe and healthy.
Don’t let the Las Vegas area’s poor air quality become a problem for your home and your health, call Ambient Edge today at (888) 628-5890 with questions or to schedule your indoor air quality inspection.