Here are some good reasons why you should have your home, or the home you’re about to purchase, tested today:
1. Elevated VOC levels in the home can cause both short-term and long-term health issues. The U.S. Green Building Council’s recommended healthy building level is 500 ng/L. However, data from hundreds of homes measured by homeowners show the median value is 1,200 ng/L, more than twice the recommended level.
2. 20+ million US adults have been diagnosed with asthma, and it is also the most prevalent chronic illness among children. High VOC levels can cause asthma attacks. Therefore, finding high VOC levels and their sources can be helpful to the home buyer and seller.
3. Asthma prevalence and severity continue to rise and are at all-time high levels. At the same time, outdoor air pollution is declining. On average, most people spend about 90% of their time indoors. Therefore, many experts suggest there is a strong association with the increase in asthma illnesses and indoor air quality.
4. Babies, young children, pregnant women, older persons, and people with respiratory or cardiovascular disease can be more vulnerable to indoor air pollution. If your family is made up of any of these groups of people, then an air quality assessment would be wise.
5. Many newer, more energy-efficient homes do not “breathe” correctly. IAQ Home Survey™ could potentially discover HVAC issues so they can be corrected before the home transaction takes place.
6. Carpeting, vinyl and laminate flooring, cabinets, countertops, and other similar building materials use adhesives that “off-gas” continuously over time, even for years. Many of these materials are manufactured using hazardous chemicals, some that can even cause cancer. Testing for harmful toxins that could be lurking within the framework of the house would be prudent.
7. Soil gas from environmental contamination can seep into the basement similar to radon. Our VOC test can observe this contamination.