Should You Get an Air Quality Test Done on Your Home?

Air Quality TestChances are that with the warm temperatures of summer holding sway in Florida, you’ve been shut up tight in your home in the air conditioning. But while you may be comfortable temperature wise, what about your breathing? Studies have shown that the indoor air quality of most residential homes is much worse than that outside. Airborne pollutants could be building up in your home.

You may be wondering how to know what pollutants are in your home’s air and if an air quality test would tell you. Before we answer that question, there are some things to know about the pollutants in your air.

What Airborne Pollutants Are in Your Home?

Some of the most common airborne particulates are:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Tobacco fumes
  • Dust mites and insect debris
  • Mold spores
  • Radon

All of these pollutants can cause problems, including aggravating respiratory ailments. Carbon monoxide, a deadly gas given off by fuel-burning appliances, can sicken and kill all living things — including humans. Some types of mold can make us sick and, if left unchecked, can damage property. Radon, a substance found in the earth, can drift into our homes from the ground, and it is known to cause cancer.

How to Detect Pollutants with an Air Quality Test

There is no one air quality test for all these pollutants, but it’s easy to determine when some are present. Dust is easily seen, while pollen, which is emitted by plants at certain times of the year, comes in when you open the door. Pet dander is shed when you have fur-bearing pets in the home. Your mattress, pillows, and upholstered goods are likely full of dust mites. Mold is obvious: You can smell a damp, musty odor and see a mottled pattern of rust, green, or dark colors on drywall or carpets.

Air quality monitors will detect CO, tobacco fumes, and VOCs. For suspected radon, hire a specialist to do a test. You may need a radon barrier.

Consult your HVAC pro about how to deal with these airborne pollutants. For questions about an air quality test, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.

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