If anyone at your home is facing allergies, there are chances you need to look into the quality of indoor air at your home. But before taking any action to improve the air quality, it’s essential to understand what is wrong. You can start with home-based testing and later onwards call in our experts from Crump A/C and Heating for a professional check-up.
Here are some simple tests you can run to check the air quality in your home:
Air Quality Testing for Mold
If you’re smelling a musty odor at home, it’s probably because mold spores are settling and growing around your home. They usually resolve on damp organic surfaces. Their most favorite place to reside is your air filter /ductwork, and here is how you can test it:
- Add drops of a rinse solution on a damp sponge and wipe an area off the air filter or supply duct vent.
- Keep the sponge in a container and add more rinse solution over it.
- Shake the container and pour the content of the container into a cup.
- You now need to compare the liquid solution’s color to the chart that had come with your test kit. This will tell you whether molds are growing on your air filter or in the ductwork.
Air Quality Testing for Radon
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas from the soil beneath your home due to uranium’s breaking down. This has been diagnosed as a leading cause of lung cancer amongst non-smoking individuals.
You can use any at-home air quality test kit to check the radon levels in your home. You can conduct a short term test, which will take about five to seven days to complete, and will provide quick results for you. Keep a container filled with granular activated charcoal, which will absorb radon from the air. After the decided time, seal the container and mail it to a lab for analysis.
A professional test will provide more accurate results, but testing the period will last for about one year. The results of the test will give you a thorough understanding of your radon exposure.
Air Quality Testing for VOCs
VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) is a type of gas that is released by everyday household items. Reports show that many of our homes have these dangerous gasses. These harmful gasses are formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, chloroform, styrene, and other toxic VOCs.
Reposts also suggest that overexposure to these gasses can variance health issues, ranging from headaches and nasal irritation to liver damage and cancer.
To check VOC levels at your home, use an air testing kit available in markets. You will need to wear a VOC-detecting badge for about 24 hours. This badge will measure your exposure levels. Once the period ends, send the badge for analysis. This report will tell you if the levels of VOCs in your home exceeds the acceptable exposure levels.