Air quality is of growing concern, with the average carbon dioxide levels reaching an all-time high in 2021. Unfortunately, this outdoor air pollution can easily enter our homes and diminish indoor air quality.
Air quality tests provide insight into the invisible particles surrounding us. Read on to learn what an air quality test detects.
Biological pollutants are particles created directly from a living thing inside your home. For example, in the scope of natural pollutants, you can count dander, mould, dust mites, and pollen. It’s common for these natural pollutants to be detected in most homes. What’s critical is the extent to which they pollute your indoor air.
Blind testing for these biological pollutants, or allergens as they are known, is usually not recommended if you want your air quality test to be effective. It is best to narrow the possible pollutants to as few as possible. You can request an air quality test if you are still unable to determine the specific allergen.
The test will require a sample of the dust or the air to determine whether you have a biological pollutant inside your home.
Chemical pollutants, also known as VOCs (volatile organic compounds), are non-living organic compounds that can turn into gases. The most common VOCs are lead, formaldehyde, and radon.
You can usually find VOCs in paints, cleaners, fuels, and even dry-cleaned clothing. You can also detect them in construction materials and even office equipment. That’s why you should rely on air quality tests to ascertain their presence in your home.
Combustion pollutants are produced by ignitable materials or anything that can catch on fire and burn. The two most common combustion pollutants are second-hand smoke and carbon monoxide. Second-hand smoke is a pollutant from another person smoking in your vicinity.
On the other hand, carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas found in space heaters, gas stoves, and fireplaces. It is a major threat in high concentrations.
The air quality within your walls is just as important as having a roof over your head. However, most of the air pollutants that are a threat to your health are, in fact, invisible. That’s why opting for the proper air quality test is so important.
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This article was written by Andrew