Indoor Air Quality Testing

by Karen Bates
(last updated February 14, 2011)

The air we breathe is a concern for all of us. When air quality is poor, we are more likely to suffer from respiratory problems like coughing, asthma, allergies, sneezing, and more. Some problems are more severe. Because of this, some people need to stay indoors when outdoor air quality is bad.

But, what about the air indoors? Although you might not give it much thought, the air in your home or in other indoor areas has the potential to become polluted like the air outside does. Pollen, pet dander, mold, dust, and other particles can be found in the air inside, and since most of us spend the majority of our time indoors, keeping the air clean is important.

Luckily, there are ways to effectively improve indoor air quality. There are various systems, filters, and machines that can assist in cleaning and purifying the air so you can feel more at ease about the air in your home. Many of these methods can be potentially costly, and you may not want to invest in such an expense unless you know that there is an air quality problem.

To find out if there is a problem with indoor air quality, you can test the area. To do this, you have a couple of options. First, you can hire a professional to test the area for air quality problems. A technician will be able to tell you what pollutants and allergens are prominent in the area. This in-depth service can be very helpful, but it can also cost a lot of money to have done. You also have the choice of doing a test yourself, which is somewhat less expensive. This entails using a device that will collect samples from the air that can be analyzed. After collecting the samples, you will send the device to a lab to be tested, after which you will be sent information about your home's air quality.

Once you have knowledge of what is in your air, you can decide what the best way to help clean it is. There are many products out there that can reduce air quality problems, and the one you choose should depend on what allergens and pollutants exist in your indoor space.

If you feel that you might have an indoor air quality problem, it can be a good idea to have the area tested either by a professional or with a do-it-yourself kit. By learning what pollutants are in the area, you can begin to fix the issue properly.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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