July 01, 2019 at 11:30am | Allison Ables
When house hunting, there are many structural things to consider. Between the plumbing, the flooring, the roof, and so much more it is easy for something to slip through the cracks. Especially when that “something” can’t be seen or touched. The air quality of a home is one of the most important aspects of your quality of health and life, and yet it is so easy to overlook.

The quality of the air you breathe is important to everyone -- landlords, renters, and homeowners alike. Here are a few of the common culprits when it comes to poor air quality.

Dirty Ductwork in your HVAC system
Even with the best-quality air filters, dust will begin to collect in your air ducts. Years can pass before you even think about cleaning the vents and ducts of your central HVAC system. Over time, the accumulated dust, detritus, and dander can start to impact the air quality of your home.

Radon Gas
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs from the breakdown of uranium found naturally in certain rocks, soil, and well water. Even though radon gas doesn’t come from your house, that doesn’t mean it isn’t in your house. Before moving into a new home (or selling your old one) have your home professionally tested for radon.

Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are found in almost every home. Caulk, carpet, paint, plastics, even cleaning supplies usually have low levels of VOCs.

In low levels, or with good ventilation, they are absolutely acceptable. Do you know that “new car smell”? That is the result of VOCs.

Synthetic carpets emit higher levels of VOCs, as do hardwood floors and vinyl. These higher levels may be especially irritating or unhealthy for people with asthma, allergies, or breathing issues. For a full list of VOCs, visit the website for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mold
There are many different kinds of mold, but none of them are beneficial to your home or your air quality. In small quantities, mold spores do not usually cause health problems, but unlike the rest of this list, mold is a living, growing thing.

Check for mold, and contain it and eliminate it before it can spread through your home. Mold can live almost anywhere it is dark and damp. There are home testing kits, but if you are concerned you may want to consult a professional.
Many people never think about the quality of the air in their home until there is a problem, and they don’t ask until it is too late.

What are some other questions you might have forgotten to ask? Regardless if you are renting, buying, or selling,
contact Allison Ables and the team at Watson Realty Corp. One of our experienced agents will answer all of your questions, and more!
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