The Pros of Having an Air Quality Test Done in Your Home

Air Quality TestWhat can a home air quality test tell you that your nose hasn’t already noticed? A great deal, actually. Certain airborne irritants may have an odor, yet it’s hard to identify it and even harder to track it back to the source. Moreover, other contaminants produce no odors at all, yet they still pose issues ranging from simple discomfort to allergic responses and even more serious threats.

Here’s a representative sample of air quality test options to detect issues that could impact the health of your indoor environment:

  • Mold growth releases millions of airborne reproductive spores. Indoors, spore concentration may rise to levels that produce allergic reactions and other illness. Professional air sampling to detect mold contamination includes a pump device that extracts spores from indoor air and the placement of “spore traps” that capture spores settling out of the air. Both methods require laboratory analysis of test samples.
  • Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that may seep into houses through basements and foundations. When inhaled over an extended period, radon increases the risk of lung cancer. Consumer radon test kits are available, though on-site testing by a professional trained to do an air quality test provides more concise measurement of radon’s extent and concentration.
  • Volatile organic compounds — also known as VOCs — are vapors emitted by substances like paint and solvents, aerosol sprays, pesticides, and even carpet and drape materials. VOCs may trigger a variety of physical symptoms. Because VOC levels may be very low, home test kits are not adequate. For greater accuracy, professional testing utilizes detectors temporarily installed in the home and then analyzed by a laboratory.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly byproduct of combustion from sources including gas-fired appliances and heaters and vehicle exhaust fumes. Colorless and odorless, CO gas accumulates without warning signs. Effective household carbon monoxide detectors are widely available at the consumer level. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends at least one CO detector on each level of the home and one in the basement.

To learn more about the benefits of an air quality test in your home, contact Paitson Bros., now celebrating a century of service to Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley.

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