Indoor Air Quality Testing in Chicago: 4 Surprising Sources of Contaminants
Mold, asbestos, radon, carbon monoxide, excessive carbon dioxide, mycotoxins, even dust, and dander—these are threats that homeowners are well aware of. But our indoors often contain other kinds of contaminants as well. At Green Home Solutions, we offer indoor air quality testing and other treatments in Chicago. Our goal is to improve the health and breathability of your home.
Not all air quality issues are equally threatening. But knowing what’s causing indoor air pollution can help you remove or reduce potential sources.
Let’s look at some of the more surprising contaminants in your home.
What causes poor indoor air quality? It’s not just dust, mold, or moisture. Here are four sources to be aware of:
- When you use the stove. Cooking is one of the most common sources of indoor air pollution. In fact, you inhale more pollutants when frying an egg than when you’re walking down a high-traffic street! Unsurprisingly, the more burners in use, the more contaminants you generate.
- New purchases, especially furniture. You may have heard the term “off-gassing.” When items are manufactured, they’re exposed to certain hazardous chemicals. In the enclosed space of your home, these products “off-gas” or release some of those chemicals. Thousands of household products, including furniture, will off-gas when first purchased.
- Your hobbies. Favorite pastimes like woodworking, scrapbooking, pottery, and painting produce high bursts of pollutants within a short time. Even kids’ craft supplies, including glues and markers, may release emissions.
- Candles and air fresheners. Believe it or not, the same products you use to air out a stuffy room may be further contaminating air quality. Air fresheners are designed to release chemical odors continuously. Paraffin candles contain kerosene, so these candles can often release similar emissions to diesel fuel.
- Spray foam insulation, when installed improperly, can inject a significant amount of volatile organic compounds into your indoor environment.
Our activities will inevitably produce contaminants—but poor indoor air isn’t unavoidable. With expert input, you can boost air quality in your home.
Knowledge is power, especially as a homeowner. Professional indoor air quality testing can help you understand what’s getting trapped in the air in your home. At Green Home Solutions, our technicians can:
- Test for specific indoor issues, including mold moisture and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- Ensure the components of your air are in balance.
- Offer treatments to remove odors and establish air quality
Expert indoor air quality testing can help you create a more breathable home. To get started with Green Home Solutions in Chicago, just call (312) 757-4667.