When you imagine your home, perhaps you begin to daydream about the cozy couch draped with throw blankets, the kitchen stocked with your favorite snacks, a bed calling your name — the perfect place to relax after a long day at work. Especially considering that Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), your home can feel like a true safe haven against the great outdoors.
However, just because you’re secure indoors doesn’t mean that you’re entirely safe from outdoor pollutants that could be lurking around like a sneaky villain waiting for the perfect moment to invade.
Therefore, knowing what’s knocking on your front door might protect you from being exposed to potential contaminants and keep your home’s oasis status intact without you having to worry about an invisible invasion of privacy.
The Rundown on Air Quality
Measuring air quality may seem like a mystery, especially when words like “ozone” and acronyms like “AQI” are involved, but understanding what lies beyond the four walls of your home can help you stay protected against potential outdoor pollutants.
Air quality, in short, is the measurement of how clean the air is around you. While the gases nitrogen and oxygen are major components of the air, other gases can pollute the air and impact your health, including:
- Ground-level ozone
- Carbon monoxide
- Sulfur dioxide
- Nitrogen dioxide
- And airborne particles
These pollutants are used to calculate the air quality index, or AQI, that determines how safe or clean a particular environment is for citizens. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an AQI under 50 is good, however, as that number increases, so does the risk to your health.
Taking Testing Into Your Own Hands
Just like it’s crucial to keep yourself safe from indoor airborne contaminants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC), dust mites, bacteria, carbon monoxide, and more, it can be just as important to make sure there aren’t any pollutants waiting for the open invite to make their way inside.
So now the burning question remains: Is there a way to test the air quality outdoors?
Well, similarly to how property assessments and indoor air quality (IAQ) tests can give you the rundown on your home, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides outdoor air quality data that reports daily and yearly levels of airborne pollutants such as ozone, carbon monoxide, lead, and particulate matter depending on location.
This resource, also known as “AirData,” monitors air quality and includes features such as an interactive map or tile plot that allows you to visualize locations of air quality monitors close to your home and easily see levels of pollutants in your city.
Air Quality Testing Done Right
While doing a little home research may be helpful, too much data and a stockpile of open tabs can leave you feeling confused when it comes to understanding air quality and what to do about it. Additionally, broad data may not tell you everything you need to know about your individual home’s status.
Especially because contaminant invasion could put you at risk for asthma or allergies, you may be seeking professional help rather than attempting to fend for yourself.
With services like meter readings, thermal imaging, airborne particle scans, and carbon dioxide (CO2) checks, Discreet Air Quality can take some of the stress off your plate and detect any outdoor pollutants that have made residence in your home without permission.
From allergen testing to in-depth environmental inspections, Discreet Air Quality has a highly equipped staff ready to analyze your current air quality status, as well as provide an actionable plan to ensure your home really is a safe haven full of clean, breathable air.
Contact our office at 754-702-7019 to schedule your assessment and get all of your questions answered today!