Five ways to know if your home needs Air Quality Testing Company
Five ways to know if your home needs
Professional Air Quality Testing Company
Generally, as a preventative measure, we recommend that homeowners get Air Quality Testing done once per year.
However, there are certain conditions that would indicate that you should have your home's air quality tested as soon as possible! Professional Air Quality testing can be expensive (averaging around $300), but catching an issue such as a mold problem early can save thousands of dollars! We suggest putting away $25 per month and getting a test done at the end of the year.
And now what you all have come here for!
5 ways to know if your home needs Professional Air Quality Testing
- You find a mold spot.
You may be tempted to use a DIY home test to test the mold, but those tests only give you information on specific surface spots. Professional testing gives you a lot more useful information that can help you stave off a major mold problem. It can also tell you if you need professional mold remediation.
- You notice an old or stuffy smell, or you see that your house smells different than usual.
This could signal a mold problem or it could be something else such as water damage (pre-mold water damage), old or damage carpet, etc. It's always best to know what you are dealing with in that situation.
- There has been chimney damage or reconstruction.
If repairs or reconstruction has been done to the chimney in your home and it wasn't done correctly smoke from your fire could have problems escaping your house. This could cause smoke damage to your home. More importantly, though, that could cause respiratory and breathing issues for your family, especially if someone in your home has breathing issues such as asthma. A complete blockage is much more noticeable than limited air flow blockage. These issues can be detected when a professional air quality test is performed.
- You notice that your air is not circulating naturally. When air is not circulating properly in your home, it can have a negative impact on your energy bill. This is something that can really hit your bank account over time. Not only that, but stagnant air can become a breeding ground for germs and create an environment that increases your chance of getting sick or getting over being sick.
- You have noticed a general change in your health.
No one likes to be sick! Most people spend a significant amount of time in the home. If any air quality issues stem from airborne pollutants or stagnant air, you can have a hard time fighting off illnesses and recovering from the cold or the flu. Having a cold or the flu aren't the only issues that can affect your overall health if there are air quality issues in your home. According to the CCOHS (the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety - Yes, we know they're Canadian, but they have a lot more going for them than Hockey, Ryan Gosling, and half of the world's Polar Bear population…) linked to air quality problems:
- Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
- Shortness of breath
- Hypersensitivity and allergies
- Sinus congestion
- Coughing and sneezing
Having your home or work's air quality tested every year may seem like a costly nuisance, but it is well worth the trouble and the cost considering what you could be dealing with if there are health or home issues that go on undetected. If you have any questions about getting your air quality tested, please feel free to reach out to us at (480) 553-7103. We don't do testing ourselves, but we can be your unbiased 3rd party consultant.