An Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) test will give you a total assessment of the air you breathe every day. It is the only professional test available that gives you a cost-effective, comprehensive air quality audit of the chemicals in the home air — Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Mold VOCs (the chemicals emitted from actively growing mold), plus a prediction of the sources of those chemicals.
Elevated VOC levels in the home can cause both short-term and long-term health issues. Products that we use or are surrounded by every day are the sources of indoor air pollution. Breathing in vapors, or off-gassed chemicals from these products can cause many health effects such as frequent headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, confusion, coughing, wheezing, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. These symptoms can be indicators that the quality of air in the home is poor – especially if they subside once you leave the house. Other more serious health problems that can arise with poor indoor air quality are asthma exacerbation, digestive problems, and damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Some air contaminants are so harmful that they can even cause cancer. The U.S. Green Building Council’s recommended healthy building level of VOCs is 500 ng/L. However, data from hundreds of homes tested show most homes have VOCs at more than twice this recommended level.