Take a deep breath. How do you feel? Do you know if the air in your home or business is as healthy as it should be? You can’t really know for sure unless you get it tested. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
Poor air quality can contribute to a number of health issues, including allergies, headaches, asthma, irritation, or other respiratory issues. To make matters worse, some air quality problems can be silent killers, such as toxic gas leaks.
What can contaminate your indoor air quality?
There are many sources or hazards that can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Some of these can be reduced or prevented on your own with healthy practices and proper cleaning. But some of them are environmental or out of your control.
- Dust and dander
- Mold and mildew
- Cleaning products
- Improper venting of HVAC equipment
- Carbon monoxide
- Trapped outdoor pollution
- Rodent droppings
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Pressed wood products
When you have a few of these contaminants present in your air at one time, you could be exposed to severe health risks.
What an air quality test involves
A complete air quality test identifies and analyzes the presence of biological, chemical, and combustion pollutants in the air. If a pollutant is above the accepted level or range, you can take steps to eliminate the source or remedy the situation, such as installing UV light air purifiers.
It’s important to note that professional air testing is more accurate and reliable than a home testing kit.
Benefits of air quality testing
In addition to eliminating health risks and peace of mind, having the air quality tested in your home or office can lead to many other benefits, including:
- Better smelling environment with fewer odors
- Reduced energy costs by optimizing the HVAC system
- More comfortable indoor setting with a proper humidity level
- High productivity and lower absence rates for employers