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Why should you have your home’s air quality tested?

Why should you have your home’s air quality tested?

Testing the air quality in your home is a great way to make sure the air in your home is safe and you aren't in danger of getting sick from breathing in mold, allergens, or radon. Here is a list of different ways you can test your home's air quality yourself as well as some tips on how to recognize symptoms of poor air quality. In case you encounter any issues, we have included advice on how to hire a professional.

If you are interested in testing the air quality yourself in your home, an indoor air quality monitor would be the easiest way. There are a number of indoor air quality monitors on the market that can effectively detect the quality of air inside your home. These devices typically check different levels such as, tiny dust particles and other allergens in the air that you inhale, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds – such as, chemical pollutants), temperature, and humidity (for early mold detection). Some of the most reliable air quality monitors on the market are the Foobot , Awair, Speck, and Air Mentor 6 in 1.

Looking and checking your home for mold will help you identify if the air quality is safe. You can typically tell if there is a mold infestation in your home by using your eyes and your nose. If you smell a musty odor coming from certain parts of your home, and a cleaning doesn't remove the smell, you might want to consider hiring a professional for a mold test. Mold survives in moist areas like basements and dirty ductwork or drains. Looking around for visible signs of mold – like growing black spots, water sports, or particularly damp areas in your home.

An air purifier can be useful in improving the air quality in your home, especially for those who suffer from allergy problems. Electronic air purifiers/air cleaners are typically the most effective, as they can remove dust particles, mold spores, and other allergens from the air more efficiently than filtered purifiers. For best results place the air purifier in your bedroom for the best results. This will most likely give you a longer period of exposure to the benefits of the machine (while you're sleeping) than in any other location in your house.

If you suspect that the air quality in your home is poor, you should hire a professional who can test the air quality and give you an informed recommendation. Red Apple Air performs air quality tests, and offers all HVAC needs. Professionals at Red Apple Air will be able to test for poor air quality due to: Indoor mold, Lead-based paint, Dust particles, dust mites, and other allergens, Smoke-related air pollution, Air fresheners, candles, and incense, Household cleaners, Combustion particles or gases.

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