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How Can I Test the Air Quality in My Home?

Testing your air quality will help you keep on top of any dangers to your health, and you’ll know when to call a professional to fix any issues with air distribution.

The Importance of Testing

Surprisingly enough, the air inside of your home may be more polluted than the air outside. Testing and evaluating the quality of your home’s air is crucial so that you can rest assured the air you’re breathing is safe and healthy.

Put Testing to the Test

There are multiple ways to test the air quality in your home. Here’s a rundown of some of your best options:

Install an air quality monitor

An indoor air quality (IAQ) monitor works just as you’d expect: it’s an electronic device that tests and reports the level of pollution in your home’s air. Depending on the device you select, an IAQ monitor can test for a range of contaminants like particulates, chemicals, and humidity. Some devices can even monitor temperature and carbon monoxide levels.

Monitor carbon monoxide and radon detectors

Carbon monoxide and radon are dangerous air pollutants, and while you can’t see them, it’s crucial that you detect them. Installing carbon monoxide and radon detectors will monitor the levels in your home and alert you if the levels are too high. If your home doesn’t already have one, you’ll want to install a carbon monoxide detector right away.

Install an Air Purifier

Installing an air purifier device can help clean the air in a couple of ways: They can make certain pollutants stick to surfaces, or use HEPA filters to screen and collect matter from the air. If you suspect that your air quality is poor, these devices can get you back on track quickly — especially useful if you or anyone in your family has asthma or severe allergies.

Evaluating Your Health

Air quality devices and detectors are useful tools, but you should also monitor your own health and any new symptoms that might point to problems in the air you’re breathing. If you’re nauseous, suffering from headaches, or constantly sneezing around your home, it may be due to poor air quality. In any of these cases, you’ll want to contact a professional to take a closer look around and help resolve the issues behind your home’s air quality.

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