Posted on December 17, 2020 at 9:40 AM
When we talk about clean air, we are often referring to climate change and global warming. Ultimately, we think of the air outside our home when really we should be concerned about the pollutants inside of our homes as well. A study released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), records that pollutants indoors can be 2 to 5 times worse than outdoor air. With the current pandemic we are living through and the increased time we spend indoors, these levels may be even higher.
Finding an affordable air quality test to measure the air in your home is a great step in becoming educated about the air quality of your home and being confident that the air you are breathing is healthy.
One time-use DIY test kits are the most affordable option when it comes to air quality testing. There are a series of DIY Test kit options on the market including kits that allow individuals to conduct the entire test at home and mail off samples to a laboratory. When shopping for DIY kits, make sure to read the label. Not all kits collect the same pollutants, and procedure methods can vary by brand.
There are a variety of DIY Monitors on the market, ranging in capabilities. For example, commercial buildings often use more sophisticated monitors that can sense and respond to changes in air conditioning, heating, and ventilation parameters.
DIY Monitoring is a more reliable option because air quality is measured over time, allowing a more descriptive analysis of your home’s air quality. Monitors are capable of detecting multiple variables because of their ongoing collection of data, including details about seasonal fluctuations, temperature, humidity levels, and recognizing if toxic gases or compounds are present.
It is recommended that homeowners check the air quality of their homes once per month. With snow beginning to fall across the East Coast, many residents are spending more time indoors. Combined with an increase usage of fireplaces and furnaces, there is a potential for air quality to become dangerous if your heating system is not operating correctly. Check out our previous blog about “Preparing your home for winter,” to learn more about keeping your furnace up to date.
Ensuring your home has Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors is an important step for protecting your home and your family’s health. CO detectors should be placed near all sleeping areas and natural gas mechanicals.
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