Why you should test your air quality

The quality of your indoor air can affect your health. Poor indoor air quality can contribute to health problems such as breathing difficulties and allergies.

Homeowners can ask for an indoor air quality test to verify if the air is healthy or not. If you’re concerned about the quality of your indoor air, these tips might be helpful.

What to know about indoor air pollutants

The most common types of house pollutants are biological, chemical or combustible. For instance, under the “biological” pollutants category you have dust mites, molds, pollens, and pet dander.

Different types of pollutants come from various sources. Most homes will have some form of pollution, but the type of pollution varies depending on factors like the age and condition of the home, lifestyle of the homeowners, and so on.

What factors can affect your indoor air quality?

Many factors can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as exposure to irritants and inefficient cleaning methods.

The following factors can adversely affect indoor air quality:

  • Dust and dander
  • Mold and mildew
  • Cleaning products
  • Improper venting of HVAC equipment
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Radon
  • Asbestos
  • Trapped outdoor pollution
  • Rodent droppings
  • Pesticides

Many of these contaminants can be dangerous or contribute to health concerns when they are present in high quantities.

How air quality tests work

A comprehensive air quality test can identify toxic and non-toxic pollutants. When a pollutant is above a safe level, you can take steps to eliminate it.

Benefits of air quality testing

Here are some benefits to having your home tested for air quality:

  • Fewer odors in the environment
  • Optimum HVAC system reduces energy costs
  • Indoor comfort with the right humidity level
  • Employees are more productive and are absent less often

What to do with the air quality results

Once you identify the pollutants in your home, you can then take steps to eliminate them. In the case of mold, you need to consult a remediation company. The mold may require further remediation, such as installing a dehumidifier, repairing a roof leak or plumbing leak, or making other repairs to your home. An air quality specialist can make additional recommendations for improving your home’s air quality.