Indoor Air Quality

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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is important for our health. Understanding what is ideal for the air you are breathing is essential. You and your family should strive for the best possible conditions and educating yourself is the first step. Let’s look at each area of your home to determine how to achieve for those ideal conditions.

Your Attic:
·         In most cases, the attic air does not affect the air quality of the living space in your home, especially if you have a hatch entrance through your ceiling. The only exception to this is if you have a forced air heating/cooling unit in your attic.
·         For attic entrances that originate as a pull down walk-up staircase & are used mainly for storage or possible living space- the design of such an entry will allow much more attic air to emit into your living space area. Also, the belongings being stored here may contain mold spores if you have a mold issues here.

Your Living Space:
·         Generally speaking, we want mold spore counts (spores/m³) to be less than outdoor measurements.
·         Certain types of mold should not be present in your home (Aspergillus, Penicillium, Cladosporium, Stachybotrys & Chaetomium-for more detailed information about these mold species, please read our blog http://compmold.blogspot.com/2013/09/top-five-types-of-mold.html) These all tend to grow due to high moisture and food source content.
·         Air testing-This is completed with different types of machines. At Comprehensive Mold Management, we BioPump pulls air through it and any particulate that is in the air attaches to the sticky tape that is inside of the air cassette, located on the top. There is a new air cassette used for each air test. The lab tests this for anything that has attached itself to the tape.
BioPump
use one called a Bio Pump. The
·         Each time air testing is completed, we calibrate the machine using a Rotameter. We ensure the Bio Pump is at 15L of air/minute (the industry standard).  
·         Generally, we run a minimum of four air tests, so that comparisons can be made against one of those samples that have been run outdoors as a baseline or benchmark test.
·         Certain times of the year, mold spore counts may be higher due to conditions such as fall, when there is a higher level of moisture and decay. This can cause higher mold spore count readings and a greater sensitivity to mold and other allergens.
·         Mold spore disbursement can also be exasperated by mold in basements that has been disturbed (i.e. attempted cleaning of mold incorrectly, moving moldy objects, etc.). If your furnace or air conditioning units are running while the spores are disturbed, they run the risk of being sent through your entire home, via that unit.
·         Another great tip is to have your duct work cleaned. This can keep the air you breathe much cleaner.
Rotameter
Whatever is in the air, you are aspirating directly into your lungs. We here at Comprehensive Mold Management regularly work with the folks at Indoor Environmental Air Specialists. Check out their website at www.indoorenvironmentalair.com.
Visit Comprehensive Mold Management's website for more information at www.compmold.com