How clean is the air that you breathe? If you want to know, an indoor air quality (IAQ) test will give you the dirty truth. The easiest way to pinpoint indoor pollution is to use your eyes and your nose. If you suffer from allergies or sneeze every time your air conditioner turns on, poor indoor air quality is the most likely cause. However, your nose could be missing other pollutants.
Testing for Indoor Pollutants
Today, specialists can test for all kinds of pollutants and allergens as well as microscopic particles and gases that can’t be detected without scientific equipment. Most residential IAQ tests check for these common pollutants.
- Biological contaminants
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Particulates, including dust, pollen and bacteria
- Invisible gases
The Importance of Air Quality Tests
An indoor air quality test can confirm your suspicions and reveal problems that you wouldn’t have been able to detect otherwise. It can also help you to pinpoint the causes of indoor pollution and tell you if duct cleaning or duct sealing might resolve the problem.
Air quality assessments don’t only measure pollutants. To get a complete picture of your home’s air quality, it’s important to measure relative humidity and air change rates. High humidity supports mold and other biological contaminants. Poor ventilation and low air change rates allow toxins and pollutants to concentrate in one area.
What You Should Do Next
If tests show that your home has poor air quality, there are a few things that you can do. First, you can reduce the amount of pollution that you generate by eliminating harsh household cleaners, artificial air fresheners and other chemicals. If this isn’t enough, you may benefit from duct cleaning and duct sealing to remove debris and prevent pollutants from entering your HVAC system. Finally, you can maintain healthy indoor air by investing in a whole-house air cleaner or purifier.
To learn more about the importance of indoor air quality and duct cleaning, contact Aeroseal Solutions, Inc. today at 866-340-3393. We serve customers in Chicago, Rockford, and the surrounding area.