A new home is a world of new opportunities for your family, both in terms of the property itself and the sense of renewal such a change is liable to bring.
But as refreshing as a move may be, how can you tell for sure that the air inside of the home is fresh?
The answer: You can’t. Thus, here are three reasons why it’s wise to invest in an indoor air quality test after you’ve moved into a new home:
Reason #1: You Don’t Know What Was Already Present
Unless the previous owners of your newly-purchased home provided you with an in-depth record of every time they turned the HVAC system off for more than a few hours, left the windows open on a humid day, or even forgot to change the air filter, there’s no way to know how responsible they were in managing their indoor air quality.
And even as they cleared out the home or repainted it in preparation to sell and vacate, there’s always the possibility that mold and mildew remain hidden within the deeper, darker crevices of the home, leaving you unknowingly exposed to hazardous particles.
Finally, residual particulate matter or pollutants may remain trapped within the carpet or other soft surfaces, meaning you’ll be breathing in old dust and allergens anytime those surfaces are disturbed and the particles are resuspended.
Reason #2: You Don’t Know What You Brought In With You
Did you perform an indoor air quality test on your old home before you moved out? If not, how can you be sure you were not already living with high concentrations of airborne contaminants?
For homes already suffering from poor indoor air quality, there is always the possibility of pollutants and particles settling on soft surfaces and traveling with you. From your curtains and rugs to your children’s stuffed animals, even if you moved into a new home whose air quality was in pristine condition upon your arrival, you might find yourself unwittingly polluting the air further as you unbox, unpack, and reintroduce trapped particles from your previous home.
Additionally, if you left the doors and/or windows of your new house open for several hours as you moved in, there is the possibility that you may have allowed outdoor pollutants to blow inside. Particularly if you left your HVAC up and running throughout the process, your home is more susceptible to growing a microbial humidity bloom.
Reason #3: Because Knowledge Is Power
“Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
With such statistics shedding light on the reality of our everyday lives and well-being, perhaps the better question is: why wouldn’t you want an indoor air quality test performed in your home?
Knowing that you have the tools and resources available to optimize your indoor environment has never been more important. And if you’re ready to take the next step, then it’s time to contact Discreet Air Quality! To learn more about our reliable services and expert solutions, or if you’re ready to schedule your assessment, call our team today at (754) 225-9809!