Is home air quality testing worth it?

A professional performing home air quality testing

Home air quality testing is a comprehensive assessment of your home’s HVAC system, a measurement of the environmental data for every room, and airborne mold spore testing. Do the benefits justify paying a professional to come out and perform air quality testing, though?

We’ll explain why it is and answer some more common questions below!

Why a home air quality test is worth it 

First and foremost, indoor air quality has a large impact on you and your family’s health. Second, having a professional perform your home air quality test can uncover issues with your HVAC system you may not otherwise notice.

All of this means a healthier home environment at minimum. It could also help us catch a simple repair to improve your HVAC’s efficiency (and energy bill) and/or prevent a more costly breakdown.

What does a home air quality test check for?  

During our testing, we will:

  • Inspect your furnace or heater for damage and proper performance
  • Assess all filters and their effectiveness
  • Measure the flow of bathroom exhaust fans, whole-house fans, and air intake ducts
  • The temperature and humidity of your home
  • Carbon dioxide levels
  • Carbon monoxide levels
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Airborne mold spore levels

What are common symptoms of poor indoor air quality? 

Not everyone is affected the same by poor indoor air quality. However, health officials say the following are common symptoms:

  • Dry or irritated eyes, nose, throat, and skin
  • Frequent headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hypersensitivity and allergies
  • Sinus congestion
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

If you have any of these symptoms and they are indeed caused by poor indoor air quality, you’ll generally notice your symptoms after several hours of being in your home. You’ll feel better after leaving for long periods of time like a weekend or vacation.

How can I fix poor indoor air quality? 

Upon providing our results, we will have specific recommendations for your household. There may be components of your HVAC system that need repaired or replaced. However, here are some simple ways you can improve the quality of air in your home:

  • Avoid smoking indoors
  • Choose solid wood furniture over composite wood
  • Use nontoxic cleaning products
  • Brush and bathe your pets regularly
  • Wash bedding in hot water at least twice per month
  • Use hypoallergenic pillows
  • Use an impermeable mattress
  • Vacuum and dust at least once per week
  • Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter
  • Use a dehumidifier in damp indoor environments

Home air quality testing for Springfield, MO 

Mold and Water Guys’ priority is the health and safety of your household. We work with the top microbiological laboratories to provide the most accurate results in a timely manner.

To get a quote for home air quality testing, give us a call at 417-885-9493 or send us a message.

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