Air Testing: What Is Involved?

Published on: May 12, 2014
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If you are concerned about the health of your household members, you may want to pay closer attention to issues related to indoor pollution. As the EPA notes, indoor air issues present a serious health concern, and your indoor environment can be up to five times more contaminated than the outside air. Air quality testing is an excellent starting point for gaining practical information for improving issues in your home.

What Is Indoor Air Testing?

A certified HVAC professional can use equipment to measure the air supply in your home for a variety of pollutants. He may test for materials such as:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Radon
  • Asbestos
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Allergens

The process is relatively simple, but the information gleaned through air quality testing can be very revealing, especially if anyone in your household is challenged by vague symptoms such as fatigue, headaches or dizziness.

Making Use of Air Sampling Results

Once you know more about the materials in your air supply, you can research their potential impact on your family’s health. Additionally, you can work with your HVAC contractor to consider solutions for dealing with indoor pollution. Some options include:

  • Install carbon monoxide alarms – Low levels of the invisible gas can lead to vague symptoms, and a severe leak can be deadly. Each sleeping area should have its own alarm, and areas near or over attached garages should also be equipped with alarms.
  • Updated ventilators – The level of pollution in your home may be decreased through balanced ventilation, a mechanical process that exchanges polluted indoor air for fresh air from outside your home.
  • Add an air purifier to your HVAC system – Advanced technology provides for electrostatic removal of fine particulates from your airstream, and weakening or destruction of biomaterials can help those susceptible to the effects of viruses, bacteria and molds.
  • Supplement your AC’s dehumidification – While your air conditioner may do a good job of controlling indoor moisture at the height of summer heat, less use of the AC can result in poor dehumidification results that require supplemental solutions such as the installation of a dehumidifier.

Expert Testing and Solutions

An HVAC professional can provide the answers you need as you address problems or concerns with your indoor air supply. If you are ready to move forward with an indoor air quality evaluation or equipment installation, we will help you find an HVAC expert in your community within the Southeast U.S.