Do You Know How Vital Residential Air Quality Testing Is?

Because it’s important to know what you’re inhaling at home, residential air quality testing is helpful. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, concentrations of certain indoor airborne pollutants are often up to five times higher indoors than typical outdoor levels.

Residential air quality testing allows you to identify potential issues and take effective actions to reduce targeted pollutants. In some cases, persons experiencing chronic allergies or respiratory symptoms will want to consider residential air quality testing. However, consulting a physician should always be the first step to diagnose these issues.

Here are different methods of residential air quality testing and how they are carried out.

  • Mold. Airborne mold spores may be a trigger for allergies or other physical symptoms. To detect potentially toxic mold, air samples may be taken with consumer-grade, residential air quality testing kits, then returned to a laboratory for mold spore evaluation. Where suspected mold already exists, test kits to physically sample the suspicious growth for analysis are also available.
  • Radon. This naturally occurring gas may accumulate inside houses in geographic regions where it is prevalent. Prolonged exposure to radon has been linked to lung cancer. Home radon test kits are widely available at home centers and other retail outlets. Long-term test kits that sample air for more than 90 days are generally more accurate than short-term testing.
  • Asbestos. Microscopic airborne asbestos fibers originating from certain building materials are a known cause of lung disease, including cancer. Home testing generally utilizes a small pump device to take a sample of indoor air, which is then returned to the manufacturer for analysis.
  • VOCs. Chemical vapors such as formaldehyde are gradually released by materials including paint, glues, and carpeting. Long-term exposure to these volatile organic compounds (VOC) may be toxic to certain individuals. Single-use rental kits can be utilized to sample indoor air for VOC fumes, then returned to a laboratory for analysis.

Helping safeguard your indoor environment since 1922, Paitson Bros. can give you more information about residential air quality testing.

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