Huntington Beach, CA, January 21st, 2021
With the arrival of winter, most people are now spending considerably more time indoors, even in sunny California. The cooler temperatures and fewer hours of daylight mean doors and windows of homes and offices are more likely to be shut, often impacting the building’s indoor air quality (IAQ).
In fact, it’s not uncommon for IAQ issues and complaints to come to light during this time of year. This can be due to a lack of fresh air, a dry indoor environment, elevated carbon dioxide levels, or because of an increased concentration of indoor allergens or other pollutants. Fortunately, there are simple steps people can take to help reduce the potential for indoor air quality problems in their home or office. They include the following:
- Change out dirty air filters. This is also a good time to have the system and air ducts checked to make sure they are clean and operating properly.
- If dry winter air is an issue, consider using a humidifier, but be sure to operate and maintain it properly. The improper use of these devices can lead to the growth of mold and support the presence of dust mites if humidity levels are too high.
- Use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.
- Keep the use of candles to a minimum and be sure fireplaces are operating properly.
- Be sure to regularly bathe furry pets and keep them out of the bedrooms of people with allergies.
- Keep the indoor environment clean, dust regularly and use a HEPA vacuum when possible.
- Avoid creating fumes from the use of harsh cleaning chemicals and air fresheners that can pollute the indoor air and be sure to store them properly.
- Consider delaying home or building improvement projects that could create dust or that involve painting or staining until doors and windows can be opened.
- Regularly inspect for signs of water damage and mold growth, including in places that are out of sight.
“If indoor air quality problems are suspected, there are tests that can be performed to quickly identify a myriad of issues that may be causing complaints or even health concerns,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing. “For residents of California, LA Testing has multiple laboratories across the state that offer testing services for microbial, chemical and radiological issues. We carry all of the sampling supplies needed, easy-to-use test kits, air monitoring instruments and even building inspections tools.”
LA Testing has also sponsored an educational video with indoor air quality tips for winter that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/EyNmsxu5o8s.
To learn more about indoor air quality testing services, sampling supplies and products, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to IAQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: : AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro, San Diego and Ontario.