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A Guide to Indoor Air Quality Testing

Many people are unaware of the fact that the air inside the buildings is far worse than the air outside. But the ones who are familiar with this problem, usually cling to the solutions like aerosol sprays, air fresheners and so on. Sticking to room fresheners to improve the quality of air within your house won’t do much healing; instead, they will invest more in lowering the quality of air.

Then how can you improve the quality of air? The easiest and most effective way is to do indoor air quality testing. When we suspect an air pollution problem in our homes, we tend to minimize it by our own ways that could involve measurement of contaminant levels but are we that professionals? No! The process must be carried out selectively and strategically.

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Indoor air quality can be a valuable resource to find out the levels of harmful material suspended in the air. Depending upon the conditions, the air quality tests may vary in terms of the level of accuracy and cost associated. But, ultimately, they all will result in the reduction of harmful suspended particles and enhancement in quality of air.

Indoor Air Quality Testing and Contaminants-

Basically, all the contaminants present in the air cannot be detected in one go; each test is different and varies in cost. Therefore, if you suspect something, do some research to verify the symptoms and call the experts to get the test done.

Here are some common indoor pollutants that might be present in the air-

  • Biological Pollutants- They are in the form of molds, dander, pollen, dust mites, and bacteria that can produce allergic reactions in the body, causing hypersensitivity pneumonitis and allergic rhinitis. Viruses and microorganisms present in the air can make it toxic and lead to health problems like sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, shortness of breath, and dizziness.
  • Chemical Pollutants- We use different chemical products in our homes for cleaning and washing, which lead to the escape of volatile organic compounds in the air. Other sources may include building materials, furnishings, office equipment, and graphics and craft materials. The toxicity level depends upon the type of chemical and its effects on human life.

Short term exposure to volatile organic compounds can result in respiratory tract infection, eye irritation, dizziness, headache, memory impairment and nausea.

  • Combustion Pollutants- They usually consists of tobacco smoke, burning gas and carbon monoxide. The high content of carbon monoxide in the air can be fatal. At lower content, it can cause headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, confusion, and fatigue.

Therefore, it is recommended to get the air quality tests done by hiring the specialists, who can guide you about the preventive measure you can take to get rid of the increased toxicity in the air inside your home. Do not stick to the DIYs by ordering air quality test kits since you barely know how to operate them and how to detect, for better results hire the air quality testing experts.

 

Jeffery D. Silvers
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