Indoor air quality tests measure the number of pollutants present inside the air of your home, business, or office. These tests are essential in making sure that the air you and those around you breathe is of good quality and not hazardous. Indoor air quality tests do more than just measure dust and pollen. Extremely hazardous chemicals like radon or carbon monoxide are measured as well. These are not pollutants that you want to be breathing in.
Indoor air quality test prices vary but usually cost, on average, around $300. Every situation is different, though. The cost of an indoor air quality test fluctuates, depending on where you are located, the building’s size, and other logistical factors.
DIY test kits can be cheaper, but you get what you pay for. DIY tests tend to be less accurate due to the quality of the test or user error. Better DIY tests that are more accurate and reliable tend to cost just as much as having the test done for you by a professional. If you don’t know what you are testing for, buying different tests that measure other pollutants you don’t need to measure can quickly rack up the price.
Ambient Edge can conduct an indoor air quality test that delivers accurate results and will inform you of any potential hazards present. We have a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Our professionals will help you understand your results and guide you on the best solutions to keep your indoor air quality healthy and clean. Give us a call at (888) 628-5890 to schedule an appointment with one of our representatives.
What Indoor Air Quality Tests Measure
Indoor air quality tests will primarily measure three separate categories of pollutants:
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
- Biological pollutants
- Combustion pollutants
VOCs are chemical pollutants that contaminate the air. These are arguably the most dangerous of all the indoor air pollutants because they include radon, formaldehyde, and lead. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists radon as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., killing thousands of people every year. Radon is both colorless and odorless. In other words, you won’t be able to smell or see it in the air. VOCs are not things you want to contaminate your indoor air. Since it is tough to detect most VOCs using your senses, the only way to tell is through testing.
Biological pollutants are allergens like dander and pollen, mold, bacteria, or pests like dust mites. These pollutants are prevalent and relatively easy to detect, as mold and bacteria usually emit a smell. You will also notice allergens, as they produce easily identifiable symptoms. Biological pollutants can be harmless, but mold and bacteria are generally hazardous. If the source is hidden away, the only way to see if they are present is through testing.
Combustion pollutants are pollutants like secondhand smoke and carbon monoxide. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), carbon monoxide kills 430 people each year, with an additional 50,000 people visiting emergency rooms for carbon monoxide poisoning. Secondhand smoke is also hazardous, as many studies have proven it has immediate severe consequences to your cardiovascular system. Measuring for these pollutants in your household can only be done through testing.
The Cost of Indoor Air Quality Tests
An indoor air quality test usually ranges from $200 to $500 for homes that are up to 2,500 square feet. If your home is larger, the test may range between $1,000 and $1,500. Indoor air quality tests for most commercial properties tend to be more expensive than those done for homes. These range from approximately $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the testing area’s size. Some tests can be more thorough and invasive. These are typically reserved for special situations. These tests tend to be more expensive than the average test, depending on the size of the home or business and the location.
Remember that having a professional test your indoor air quality ensures you get the most accurate results. Many DIY test kits can be inaccurate due to testing mistakes, misreading the results, or poor quality of the test. Having a professional conduct a comprehensive test allows you to make the best decisions moving forward to improve your indoor air quality.
Test Your Indoor Air Quality Today
Indoor air quality test costs should not deter you from getting the test done. The price you are paying for an accurate test that measures all the potential pollutants in your home is certainly less expensive than the cost of a hospital bill.
You should test your indoor air quality periodically. Certain pollutants can only be found through testing. For health and safety reasons, indoor air quality should always be a priority in your home or business. Take care of the air you breathe and make sure it is free of anything that can potentially harm you or the ones you love.
At Ambient Edge, our licensed and certified technicians can guide you every step of the way during testing. We will help you understand the results and give you the best recommendations to improve your air quality. Indoor air quality issues are not permanent and can always be improved. Contact us at (888) 628-5890 today to schedule a testing appointment.