When you spend a lot of time indoors, you want to be sure that the air you’re breathing in is clean and free of pollutants. You might have wondered in the past what the quality of the air is like in your home. And is this something you can test yourself, or do you require the help of a professional?
There are a number of tests you can do yourself, but many of them only test for a select number of pollutants and not every possible pollutant in your home. At Ambient Edge, we perform a more comprehensive air quality test that can give you more information on what exactly composes the air in your home. For a high-quality indoor air quality inspection, give our team a call at 888-628-5890.
Types of Air Quality Tests
There are certain pollutants you can tell right off the bat are present in your home. For instance, if you’ve recently experienced water damage, then you may notice mold growth in certain areas of your home.
Or, if the pollen count is particularly heavy during the early spring months, you may notice some of it actually entering your home. And, of course, if you live with smokers then you know there are a host of chemicals that affect your indoor air quality every day.
Knowing the kinds of pollutants you are exposed to can help you determine which air quality test(s) to choose. For instance, you might want to know how much of these pollutants are present in your air. Or, if you already know what’s there, you might want to test for those pollutants that you can’t see as easily.
Cigarette smoke produces what you would consider a combustion contaminant. For example, carbon monoxide is a combustion contaminant. Combustion contaminants can cause respiratory distress, and exposure to carbon monoxide can make you very sick.
Combustion contaminants tests cost anywhere from $40 to $100. While you certainly know whether someone in your home smokes, you may want to test the air anyway for a better idea of the kind of air quality you have.
Biological contaminants are those that you often can’t control, like pollen or dust mites. Mold is also a kind of biological contaminant. Depending on the biological contaminant(s) present in your air, you could end up with such illnesses as asthma, dizziness, and shortness of breath.
Biological contaminants tests can range anywhere from $50 to $345, depending on what you’re testing for. The tests that are on the lower end test for fewer pollutants, while the more expensive ones can test your air for up to 14 different but common pollutants.
Chemical contaminants come from such chemicals as cleaning products and paint. Lead is also a chemical contaminant, as is radon which is just as dangerous as carbon monoxide because you can’t see or smell it. Plus, radon can cause cancer. Tests for chemical contaminants will run you anywhere from $10 to $130.
If you want a better idea of how much of a specific chemical is present in your indoor air, you can test for that as well. For instance, a professional allergen test will run you between $100 and $200, while a test for asbestos particles costs between $200 and $800.
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How to Tackle Poor Air Quality
Once you’ve determined that you have poor air quality, what do you do? The good news is that you can take immediate measures to correct the problem and improve your and your family’s health and wellbeing.
One thing you should absolutely do is change any and all air filters in your home (don’t forget about those in your heating and air conditioning systems!). You can also work on improving the ventilation in your home, as well as removing any potential sources of air pollution.
If you have air ducts, then you should definitely have those serviced too. Our team of NATE-certified HVAC technicians can clean out your air ducts to help reduce the amount of pollutants that are harmful to your air quality.
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Need Help with Your Air Quality? Ambient Edge Is Here For You!
At Ambient Edge, we are proud to help our customers improve their quality of life, including their air quality. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our parts and service, and we are always punctual and respectful. We value your time as much as you do, and we don’t want to waste it. Our experienced Summerlin, NV home energy audit company can also help you identify cost-saving opportunities.
If you need help improving the air quality in your home, Ambient Edge can help. Call us at 888-628-5890 or send us a message on our website, and improve your air quality today!