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Learn How to Test Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality (And Save Money on Medical Expenses)

14 October 2020

Did you know the air you breathe indoors is 3.5 times more polluted than outdoor air? Your home is a “toxic box” that traps pollution inside.

These are findings of the Clean Air Day campaign study that monitored levels of air pollution in four households—in different locations—in the UK.

The National Air Quality Testing Services (NAQTS), which took part in the research, notes that a combination of outdoor gas emissions with indoor cooking activities was responsible for the dangerous build-up of ultrafine particle air pollution levels in the homes.

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Large numbers of ultrafine particles in the air—especially indoor air—pose a health risk. And since they’re smaller (think less than 2.5 micrometers) they get easily absorbed into the body’s vital organs, through the lungs. 

Compared to fine particles (or PM2.5), they cause more harm including respiratory illnesses and diseases—and even death. 

To save time and dodge the burden of medical expenses, you must identify what’s affecting your indoor air quality before you attempt to clean it.

But first…

What Are The Ways You Can Test Indoor Air Quality?

You can either test the quality of air inside your home yourself or you can hire a professional to do it for you. The advantage of doing it yourself is that you’ll save money and time. But you’ll sacrifice the accuracy of your tests, which can affect you and your family’s health.

It's like having a breast self-exam test at home. The home test will alert you of the potential problems you’re facing. But for an accurate diagnosis, following up with a doctor for extensive testing is necessary.

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So, think of a do-it-yourself indoor air quality test as a preliminary screening. Where if you find anything out of the ordinary or off the charts, you can bring in an expert for further testing as your next step.

If you're experiencing moderate indoor air quality cases, testing the quality of air inside your home yourself is fine. You can even find a solution to the problems. But this will depend on the air pollution levels inside your home.

Do You Know What To Test For?

Three types of air pollutants can affect the quality of air inside your home:

  • Biological – Mould, pollen, microbes, dust mites, or anything derived from other living things.
  • Chemical – Like Radon, lead, formaldehyde, etc. These chemicals are classified under volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and they don’t often cause immediate symptoms.
  • Combustion – Burning wood, tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide, etc. are part of this category.

Here’s everything you should know about each category of air pollutants, specific ways you can identify them. And what to do once you find them.

Biological Air Pollutant

Mould

If there's enough mould inside your home, even the healthiest of people can experience respiratory symptoms. But people hypersensitive to mould often experience severe symptoms including:

  • Asthma attacks
  • Eye irritation
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Sore throat 
  • Nasal congestion

How to test for mould in your home? Follow your nose. In other words, smell the air for dampness or any musty smells. Your nose is the best testing tool.

Once you find the source of mould in your home, remove it. A simple bleach scrub can eliminate mould in your home. But if the mould is too overgrown, drastic measures such as replacing your carpet, tiles or walls are necessary.

Measures to prevent the regrowth of mould? Fix any water leaks, open your windows and doors regularly to improve airflow, invest in an indoor air detoxifier, etc.

Chemical Air Pollutant

VOCs

Volatile organic compounds particles are everywhere you can think of. They’re often released in the air through dry-cleaned clothes, fuel, disinfectants, cleaners, paints, etc.

You can also find traces of volatile organic compound particles in furnishings, carpets, and building materials. The most common VOCs include:

Short-term exposure to VOCs usually involves (among other symptoms):

  • Nausea
  • Skin rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Eye irritation 

Long-term exposure to VOCs causes severe damage to the nervous system and internal organs. Adequate ventilation—especially when using paints and other VOC releasing substances—is one way to combat the above deadly effects.

Another way is to follow all precautions on labels, and properly discard unused, old chemicals. Store chemical substances in tight, sealed containers. And avoid exposure to them.

Combustion Air Pollutant

Carbon monoxide (CO)

Carbon monoxide is an odourless, undetectable lethal gas. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50,000 people visit hospital departments and at least 400 people die in America from CO poisoning.

High concentrations of CO can cause nerve damage and even death. Meanwhile, low concentrations of carbon monoxide lead to mild or moderate symptoms including:

  • Poor concentration and confusion
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache

Vehicle emissions, gas-powered generators, kerosene heaters, gas stoves, burning wood, and other fossil fuels are responsible for emitting carbon monoxide into the air.

Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can also be released into the air when indoor gas appliances malfunction.

That's why it's important to have a carbon monoxide detector with an alarm in your home. Make sure to install one near your garage’s entrance as well.

Indoor Air Testing Tool

The market is awash with numerous devices and tools that can measure air quality in your home. Some are designed to test for dust mites and mould. And others microbes, formaldehyde, and more harmful air pollutants.

But VBreathe Tasman prominently stands out like a red rose in a sea of grey. This intelligent and portable indoor air detoxifier is a world-first. 

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It filters heavy particles and disperses VActive Gel into the air to reduce harmful toxins, mold, microbes, viruses, and indoor bacteria—all at once. 

Most air purifiers only rely on HEPA filters alone, which only filters the air that passes through the device. 

The VBreathe Tasman combines HEPA filtration and VActive natural gel technology (with a unique blend of all-natural ingredients) to improve the quality of air in your home. 

VBreathe_Gel_FilterWhen you use this device you’re sure of three things:

  • Superior protection against indoor harmful pathogens and toxins that are airborne.
  • Medical-grade HEPA filters that use an antibacterial coating to trap and reduce harmful indoor microbes in the layers of the filter. It can independently capture 96% of fine particles. 
  • All-natural VActive Gel that’s expelled in vapor form into the surrounding air to reduce toxins and airborne microbes.
  • Smart Sensors to detect carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke, mould, and harmful PM2.5 particles in the air.

This indoor air detoxification device makes it easy for you to detoxify your indoor air environment, wherever you are. Best part? It helps allergy sufferers and can remove odours in your home.

Final Thoughts

There are so many harmful pathogens and toxins present in the air you breathe. And 5x more lurk inside your home. That means indoor air is deadlier than outdoor air. 

Your health is your wealth. So take care of the quality of air in your home at all times. If possible, invest in a good indoor air detoxifier to maintain cleaner and healthier air.

Factory fumes, car exhausts, and spray smoke may affect your health but not more than the harmful mold, microbes, and dust mites pitching tent currently inside your home.

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VBreathe Tasman is an intelligent and portable indoor air detoxifier.

Our world-first patented combination of HEPA filtration and VActive natural gel technology radically improves indoor air quality by not only filtering heavy particles through the device, but also by dispersing VActive Gel into the air to reduce harmful indoor bacteria, viruses, microbes, mould and toxins.

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