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Contaminated Indoor Air Quality Testing

Contaminated indoor air quality testing is important to help you return to a quality environment. Indoor air quality effects your health more than you can imagine, unless you've already experienced deteriorated health because of polluted air. Indoor air quality testing for mold, and allergens is one level of testing. Testing indoor air quality for radon, carbon monoxide, and other gases is another level. Both kinds of testing are important.

If you suspect that your home is contaminated, indoor air quality testing can help you find out. Testing products range in quality, price and function. The products that you purchase should be manufactured for the needs you have. Indoor air quality test equipment allows you to find out which contaminants, either biological or chemical, are in your home. If they are present at high levels, you can then take action to prevent your family from becoming sick. The test equipment and lab work is expensive, but it's essential to help you determine if indeed your families health is at risk.

Indoor air quality measurement tools are offered in several types, the most effective of which aren't able to be purchased and are professional quality to be used by professionals. If you really would like to use this, you should call on a professional to come to your home and run the necessary tests. Other tools that you have include the following.

  • Air samplers: These will measure the levels of a variety of toxins in the air. You can collect anything from mold spores to gasses.

  • Gas detectors: These are probably the most sought after and should be in every home. The most common of these are the carbon monoxide testers. These will monitor the carbon monoxide levels and warn when it reaches dangerous levels. You can't smell carbon monoxide, and it can make you quite sick at the very least, and kill you and the worst.

  • Humidity meters: Why do you need this? The more humid it is, the more moisture is in the air and the more likely it is that you will have mold. Mold isn't always something you can see, so monitoring humidity will clue you to the conditions good for mold. Humidity over 70% isn't healthy for you because it's healthy for mold.

  • Bio growth mold testers: These help you to find the levels of mold in the home.
  • Indoor air quality monitors really can save your life. As mentioned, the carbon monoxide detector is a life saver, especially in the winter month, when the house is closed tightly. Gas detectors in general are important. Many times an old water heater tank or furnace can begin to leak gasses into the home without you ever being aware. And since you can't always smell them, monitoring for them is good. Just as important as a smoke detector, no home should be without either a carbon monoxide or gas detector.

    Of course, once you do use these measurement tools, you will likely want to take action. In the case of broken equipment leaking gas, you can simply fix or replace them. In the case of mold, you can sometimes take action before it becomes an issue, but once it does, you'll be able to act quickly to preserve your health. An air purification system helps with other pollutants, helping remove a wide range of the allergens and pollutants from the air.

    Testing your indoor air quality on a regular basis helps you stay healthy. What a great action to take.