Is An Air Quality Test Worth It?

Air is the most important thing that we need to survive as humans. And just as how we would ensure that our water, for example, is clean every time we consume it, we also need to make sure the air we breathe is clean and free from pollutants.

How do we do this? Simply by looking, we cannot see the particles (for obvious reasons), and they are dangerous enough to cause respiratory infections that can range from the common flu to pneumonia. Air quality tests are simple ways that we can test to see what contaminants are in the air, and further tell what needs to be done in order to get rid of them.

Air quality tests are nothing new, and require, depending on your preferences, little work on the part of homeowners. All they require are samples from your home of the air, and they are tested and sent back to you. There are some DIY kits for air quality testing, however, these are far less accurate, and without professional guidance, may not be as useful as otherwise seen in a professional testing service.

The test of your air can further be specific, or it can be objective. This means that it can be done to search for a specific compound or substance in the air, or it can be done to check for all the substances currently present. Whichever of these suits your testing needs. Sometimes dust, dust mites, mold, pollen, and bacteria (called biological pollutants) may be present.

In cases such as this, an air filter might be recommended as a necessary treatment measure. What an air filter does is cleans the air before circulating it throughout your household. This might be a very worthy investment as not only does it prevent contaminants from entering floating in the air, it also lowers the number of air quality tests needed as your air stays fresher for longer.

In addition to testing and purifying, homeowners can also play a role in keeping the overall quality of their indoor air high through simple actions such as simply cracking a window and cleaning or changing carpets and rugs. Pollutants and allergens stick to these surfaces and naturally start contaminating the air over time. Cracking a window is the simplest most effective way to cleanse the air in your home.

When fresh air comes in, the stale, stagnant air is pushed out, and this leaves your entire home feeling much fresher and cleaner than before. Carpets and rugs are a breeding ground for bacteria, so they especially need to be cleaned quite often, or changed even. Aerosol sprays are high-caliber contaminants in our homes too.

In addition to CFCs (i.e. chlorofluorocarbons), there are residues from your sprayed substance that remain in the air much longer and are eventually circulated. There are many more steps that can be taken to improve air quality, but just by implementing these three, you are already off to a fantastic start.

Whether for air quality maintenance or for an active effort to improve current standings, an air quality test lets you know what your pollutants are and how to get rid of them. For your family's respiratory safety, air quality tests are a must.

If you do need an air quality test done, but aren't sure where to get started, contact Dodrill Comfort and Energy Solutions for professional advice and guidance. The air we need is basic, take care of it, and we take care of ourselves, and our families. This simple step goes a long way to keep it pure.