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How Winter Weather Can Contribute to Poor Indoor Air Quality

December 23rd, 2019 by Lauren Tirrell

Ironically, people tend to worry about the unhealthy air outdoors when it’s the indoor air we should be concerned with. Poor indoor air quality is a rising health concern that contributes to respiratory problems, allergies, asthma, and cancer.


When the temperatures begin to fall, homeowners are more conscious of all of the air leaks and drafts. This results in insulation and other winterization tasks in order to lower heating bills and increase comfort. Unfortunately, along with the increase in comfort and savings, there is a decrease in air quality. When bacteria, viruses, mold spores, and dust mites cannot escape your home or workplace, they gather and multiply quickly.


In addition to the aforementioned contaminants, other pollutants such those emitted during painting, welding, sanding, or even cooking, can add toxic elements into your indoor environment. While performing home improvements, building renovations, or hobbies, it’s especially important to be aware of the need for proper ventilation.


How do you know if you have an issue?

  1. Check for condensation on walls or windows, stuffy air, moldy areas, or dirty heating or cooling equipment, as these are all indicators.
  2. Take note of any unusual odors, especially upon entering the space.
  3. Pay close attention to your body's reaction. After just a single exposure you could experience headaches, dizziness, and fatigue, as well as itchy eyes, nose, and throat. 
  4. Call an accredited Air Testing lab for assistance in testing the concerned area. This way you can be sure of what you are dealing with, in order to properly treat it.


If you are concerned about the quality of your air, Con-Test may be able to help. We support various types of air sampling projects including vapor intrusion, indoor air quality, ambient air monitoring, perimeter monitoring, site investigations, site remediation and industrial hygiene. Click here to learn more about Con-Test soil testing and analysis.


Con-Test Analytical Laboratory is one of the leading environmental laboratories in the country. Located in the Greater Boston area, Con-Test services over 30 states nationally. Known as one of the top-quality environmental laboratories, Con-Test is a partner with leading international firms, the EPA, state governments, and more. Our diverse areas of expertise include air toxins, sediment, tissue, solids, aqueous, product testing and more. Contact us to learn more about our analytical testing services.

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