Test your indoor air quality for better health

BOOK ASSESSMENT

Test your indoor air quality for better health

BOOK ASSESSMENT
Do you find you get intermittent headaches just sitting on your living room couch for no apparent reason?

Do you start sneezing out of the blue when someone walks into the room?

Or does a wave of fatigue pass over you whenever you cook in the kitchen?

Whilst we usually associate air pollution with smoking chimneys and burning fires, you may be surprised to know that our indoor air quality can be ten times more polluted than outdoors. In an age when we spend about 90% of our time indoors (homes, schools, offices, cars, shops) it’s really important to reduce our indoor toxic exposures as much as we can. There are many noxious gases that can be released inside our homes including carbon monoxide, tiny particulates and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) some of which are known carcinogens. Conditions and symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality includes: asthma and allergies, wheezing, headaches, some cancers and it also increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

One simple reason our indoor air quality is so poor is that we just don’t open our windows and doors often enough to allow whatever has accumulated inside to leave. This isn’t uncommon, as we either try to heat our homes or cool them down with air conditioning. Another surprising factor is the rise of the energy-efficient sustainable home – so efficient that without opening windows and doors condensation becomes problematic, potentially giving rise to mould.

Water-damaged buildings can expose you to a dangerous concoction of chemicals: mould, bacteria, VOCs and inflammagens that in combination can cause illness. About 24% of the population are genetically-susceptible to the development of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) because they cannot make the antibodies to deal with mould and biotoxins. Their immune systems go into overdrive when exposed and does not shut down. CIRS can present in many ways and is often be misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, allergies, ADHD etc.

What gives rise to pollution in the air we breathe?

  • Furniture and upholstery off-gas chemicals and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). For example, formaldehyde, a known carcinogen is found in lots of our imported furniture. Fire retardants, toxic glues and resins are also commonly used in pressed wood installations (MDF) in your kitchen or living areas. Stain-resistant applications on your upholstery or carpets contain nasty chemicals called PFCs (Perfluorinated Compounds).
  • Paints and varnishes off-gas numerous chemicals and VOCs.
  • Carpets made of synthetic dyed materials off-gas VOCs too, as does the underlay, foam backing and the glue it is laid with.
  • Cleaning products, personal care products and fragrances are mostly made of toxic chemicals, which off-gas into the air even when they are just sitting unused.
  • Heating systems, wood fires and stoves can release carbon monoxide.
  • Pollens from outdoors.
  • Pesticide drift from outside or brought in on your shoes.
  • Pollutants from nearby roads or industry.
  • Lead dust from paints, window sills and toys, or brought in on your shoes.
  • Biotoxins such as mould.
  • Tobacco smoke.
  • Asbestos dust from old flooring or home installations.
  • Cleaning products, personal care products and fragrances are mostly made of toxic chemicals, which off-gas into the air even when they are just sitting unused.
  • Heating systems, wood fires and stoves can release carbon monoxide.
  • Pollens from outdoors.
  • Pesticide drift from outside or brought in on your shoes.
  • Pollutants from nearby roads or industry.
  • Lead dust from paints, window sills and toys, or brought in on your shoes.
  • Biotoxins such as mould.
  • Tobacco smoke.
  • Asbestos dust from old flooring or home installations.

Whilst it probably appears that there is much to work on, we can tick these hazards off one-by-one quite easily. We can discuss the merits of mould testing, air quality sampling and lead dust sampling before we meet. On-site I will give you some quick and easy tips on improving the air quality in your home and help eradicate those headaches and fatigue.

What to expect from an Air Quality Assessment

 

  1. An initial phone consultation to discuss your concerns and needs.
  2. Completion of a brief questionnaire.
  3. Determination as to the requirement for air quality sampling, mould testing or lead testing in consultation with you*.
  4. On-site audit to assess possible causes of poor air quality.
  5. Verbal feedback on the day.
  6. A report including a checklist of air quality hazards with a priority rating for action steps.
  7. Follow up phone call and email to check-in on action steps.

Prices start from $350 depending on location.

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Una Phelan Eco Coach

*Air quality sampling is not usually necessary and is completely optional. It is an additional cost to the standard site visit. After the on-site audit you will be able to eliminate or dramatically reduce the hazards causing air quality issues in your home. This is usually sufficient in negating the need for air quality sampling. However, mould testing can also be extremely useful if mould appears to be a concern. Lead sampling can be undertaken yourself or I can do that for you depending on the scope of work.
Don’t have time for a full Air Quality Assessment? 

No problem, book in for a 60-minute online consultation at a time that suits.

Types of Home Assessments I Offer

Healthy Home Review

The most comprehensive review I offer takes into account your entire home. It includes all the common culprits making your home unhealthy. Learn more...

Air Quality Assessment

Whilst we usually associate air pollution with smoking chimneys and burning fires, you may be surprised to know that our indoor air quality can be ten times more polluted than outdoors. Learn more...

Allergens Assessment

Asthma, eczema and hayfever plague about 20% of the Australian population and 1 in 3 children are affected by the age of 5. It is estimated that about 20% of the global population is allergic... Learn more...

Water Quality Assessment

Our drinking water, whether it comes from the mains supply, a bore or a rainwater tank is likely to be contaminated. Some water quality data is available from your local water corporation on mains water. Learn more...

Chemical Products Detox

Cleaning products, washing powders, toiletries and synthetic fragrances. The list of chemicals in our homes goes on. You know they are no good but have no clue what you should replace them with. Learn more...

EMF Testing

We are all exposed to unnatural levels of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF). We cannot see these frequencies but they exist everywhere from the Andes to the Amazon. Learn more...

Small Business or Home Office Review

I’ve been there. I’ve sat at my desk and on comes a headache. Or I’ve gone to my local library to get some peace and quiet and a wave of exhaustion descends on me. Learn more...

Healthy Nursery or Bedroom Review

I’ve been there – big time. And I know I can help you. I tried everything imaginable to put an end to the relentless night terrors my son suffered for about four years. Learn more...

Moving Home Assessment

Before you commit to your new home, whether it's a rental or, let me assess it for how healthy and natural it is so you can do the best for your family's wellbeing. Learn more...

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