The musty odor you smell is decay off-gassing from biological growth which includes molds, bacteria and biofilm. Furthermore, these odors contain microbial volatile organic compound (mVOC). People may compare this odor to a dank locker room, old cheese, dirty socks, or wet dog.
Consider the fact that your pets spend most of their lives inside your house, you can begin to get an understanding of how vulnerable they are to the pollutants, toxins, infections, and allergens in the house.Over the years, multiple EPA studies have suggested that the indoor air quality is significantly more polluted than the outdoor air.
Living in a healthy home free from toxic mold is something you can control. However, the warning signs of elevated mold spores and associated mycotoxins are not that obvious. We encourage all homeowners to conduct regular mold testing to ensure their home is free from toxic mold.
Measuring indoor carbon dioxide levels is the first thing I do to ensure that a home is healthy. Our state of the art air quality meters test for both carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide in parts per million (ppm) as part of every indoor air quality inspection.
The sustained New England humidity during recent months can seem unbearable. Temperatures feel hotter. We tire easily. Muggy air can make every breath a struggle. You’re not imagining these things. Humidity can take a harsh toll on the body, even to point of overheating.
You might not think coughing is a serious health issue, since most people cough at least once every day. But it depends on what specifically is triggering your cough. Coughs can be linked to illnesses, but they can also be related to your indoor air quality — and it’s just as much a cause for concern.
We recommend attic mold testing at least every two years. If you’ve never conducted attic mold testing or if it has been a while take a peek up in the attic this week. Are there signs of discoloration on the sheathing or rafters? Is there a musty odor or signs of water staining.
Air duct cleaning is very important. Can dirty air ducts affect your health? In a word, yes! Even though you don’t come in direct contact with your air ducts, the mold and bacteria living with them can get into the air you breathe. And when you breathe in these harmful particles, they could have a negative impact on your health.
On the surface, e-cigarettes, vaping, seem like a viable option to combating traditional cigarettes. Instead of emitting smoke, e-cigarettes emit a vapor that has been touted as a way for smokers to reduce or quit their habit.