Lake Havasu, and really Arizona overall, tend to rank poorly in terms of overall outdoor air quality. From high levels of smog and soot released from vehicles when fuels like gasoline are burned, to carbon monoxide from auto exhaust, Arizona’s air quality is often not as clean as our lungs would like it to be.
Air quality matters because when we breathe polluted air, the pollutants and chemicals enter our lungs and can affect our internal organs through our bloodstreams. Over time, this can cause asthma, heart disease, and even lung cancer.
But that’s outside, and if we’re inside our homes we should be safe from the outdoor air, right? Wrong. Plenty of pollutants from outside get into our homes, but while indoors we are also exposed to chemicals and particles from cleaning, cooking, fireplaces, and more. Smoke, pollen, mold, and other harmful items can affect you both outside and inside of your home.
Even if you don’t have your windows open, intakes and fans that are part of your HVAC system and air leaks throughout your home allow outdoor air (and pollution) inside.
A Lake Havasu indoor air quality inspection and testing company can help. Ambient Edge’s indoor air quality inspectors have the experience and state-of-the-art equipment to properly test and assess the air quality in your home and make recommendations for improvement, if necessary. It all starts with an estimate, so call us today at (888) 247-7475 or fill out the form on our website to learn how we can help.
What to Look for During an Air Quality Inspection
During a professional air quality evaluation, our inspector will take air samples from different areas of your home to detect the possible presence of any air quality issues. Some of the items we may be looking for include:
- Allergens such as dust, pollen, and pet dander
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from smoking, cleaning products, paints, carpets, and other materials and products
- Mold and bacteria growth
Radon can enter your home through cracks in the foundation. It is a gas that soil releases naturally when uranium in the soil decays.
Radon levels in Lake Havasu are generally considered low, but Arizona does have certain areas with higher radon levels. This is something that just happens naturally. However, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. And, since it is odorless, tasteless, and only detectable with special testing equipment, having a professional check your home’s radon levels can offer valuable peace of mind.
The Air Quality Test and Inspection
An air quality test and inspection can provide you with the peace of mind you didn’t even know you needed. For instance:
- If your home is older, you may have lead paint on the walls or asbestos hiding in your floor tiles, ceiling tiles, insulation, or other locations.
- If you experience bothersome symptoms like itchy, watering eyes, wheezing or a stuffy nose, you may have mold in your home. Even people without conditions like asthma, lung disease, or immune disorders are at risk of health problems when exposed to mold consistently. Black mold, in particular, can be dangerous and can lead to severe respiratory infections.
- Even if you don’t have pets, you may still have dander around, such as insect and rodent droppings, without even knowing it. And while we all have dust, some homes have a build-up of dust that continually circulates throughout the house (and, as a result, into their lungs).
- Paint, carpet, flooring, cleaning products, and insecticides create VOCs that can irritate the lungs and cause headaches and worse symptoms.
- Small carbon monoxide leaks can build up in your home, making open flames combustible and eventually leading to an even larger leak. This can cause a loss of consciousness, suffocation, and even death.
Often, the fixes for issues found during an air quality inspection are small and affordable. These include changing your HVAC system filters more often, installing carbon monoxide detectors, and increasing ventilation in moist areas.
But you can’t address what you can’t see. The first step is to have an indoor air inspection in your Lake Havasu, AZ home. This will help you have a better idea of what you’re breathing in every day.
Finding Something Abnormal or Dangerous During an Air Quality Inspection
Many of the test results from your indoor air inspection will not be available immediately. They will need to be sent to a lab and analyzed. When your Ambient Edge expert receives the test results back, we will contact you to discuss the next steps.
Recommendations May Include:
- Keeping any areas with lead-based paint clean and free of dust or paint chips
- Proper asbestos maintenance, repair, or removal
- Simple DIY mold removal or a professional mold remediation team
- Air filtration and purification solutions
- Carbon monoxide detectors
While indoor air pollution can seem frightening and overwhelming, knowledge is power. When you know what is in your air that could be harming your health, you can take the steps necessary to make your indoor air safer to breathe for you and your family.
Schedule Your Indoor Air Quality Inspection and Testing in Lake Havasu, AZ Today
Whether you are considering purchasing a new home or intend to stay in your current home, an indoor air quality inspection is always a good investment. Many indoor air quality tests are required as part of home sales and inspections, and your health and safety are worth it.
When the Arizona air quality is poor outside, your indoor air quality is affected as well.
Call the Ambient Edge pros at (888) 247-7475 or send us a message to schedule a consultation today.