With humidity levels rising in New England, the need for professional air quality testing in Massachusetts is a necessary service in order to evaluate the overall health of your indoor environment. Excessive moisture can lead to the formation of mold and bacteria. And moisture travels much easier in humid air. This fact can also mean that you should have Purely Green conduct mold testing in your home or office as well. There are countless studies that link exposure to mold with adverse health effects in humans. With or without pre-existing conditions like asthma or a weakened immune system, mold exposure can still negatively affect a person’s health.
Increased humidity levels allow moisture to travel easier and to potentially create breeding grounds for mold and bacteria inside your home or office. However, possible mold formation isn’t the only threat that can decrease the quality of your indoor environment. Increased levels of humidity have also been linked to an increase in the presence of dust mites indoors. Dust mites are microscopic arthropods that thrive indoors and feed on organic materials in dust as well as skin flakes from humans.
A Microscopic Threat
The allergens from dust mites are generally found in the mite’s fecal matter and can be inhaled when airborne. Exposure to dust mites can cause allergic reactions in people with and without asthma or weakened immune systems. Dust mite allergy symptoms can include anything from sneezing and coughing to difficulty breathing and problematic wheezing. As they are microscopic, the best way to gauge whether or not dust mites are in your home or office is to undergo air quality testing in Massachusetts. At Purely Green, we know that the best judges of our character are our clients so do all in our power to keep them well informed when it comes to the quality of their living or working environments. Dust mites are generally found in upholstered furniture, bedding, and carpets so can be significantly destructive.
What’s especially troubling about dust mites is that they do not drink water. Instead, they absorb water through the surrounding air. This means that, the more humid it becomes, the more likely it is that dust mites will thrive. However, many studies have shown that using air purifiers like dehumidifiers and air conditioners can have a significant impact on decreasing the presence of dust mites in your home or office. So, as we head into the summer months, make sure to be aware of the potential threats posed by increased humidity levels and the presence of dust mites.
If you’re interested in air quality testing in Massachusetts, contact us at: 888-291-3773