The Smartest Ways to Perform an Air Quality Test at Home

Air Quality TestAn air quality test can tell you a lot about what’s in every breath you take. When you count sleeping hours, most people take the majority of their breaths inside the confines of their own home. Exposure to airborne irritants and toxins that are present in the house can trigger effects ranging from simple annoyance to chronic illness, depending on the type and source. Other contributing factors include the air tightness of the house and the general condition of the HVAC system (particularly ductwork).

Consumer-Grade Air-Quality Monitors

Once primarily utilized by professionals, today, digital air quality monitors are available and easy to operate for the average homeowner. Typically, these compact units include an app that can be installed on your phone for remote monitoring and control. Here are examples of what an air quality test may reveal about what you’re inhaling at home:

  • Humidity level. Helpful in evaluating the potential for mold growth, mildew, and other moisture-related fungal growth that release airborne spores which may trigger physical reaction in certain people.
  • Indoor temperature record. Linking temperature variations to noticeable changes in air quality can help identify and pinpoint suspected sources.
  • Volatile organic compounds. Also known as VOCs, these are chemical fumes emitted by various substances and materials present in a typical home. Long-term exposure to VOCs are associated with health reactions in certain humans.
  • Particulate matter (PM). This measurement identifies tiny particles suspended in indoor air that may cause allergic symptoms in susceptible individuals. Examples include everything from simple dust to pet dander to smoke particles.


If you or any other resident in the house are experiencing unexplained physical symptoms, consult a qualified physician before assuming that air-quality issues are the cause.

If you’re considering an air quality test in your home, talk to the professionals at Paitson Bros. We’ve been helping keep the home environment healthy since 1922.

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