Indoor Air Quality Testing

When we think of air pollution, we usually imagine it as an outdoor threat. Nothing that can affect us inside of our own homes, right? Wrong, unfortunately. It is quite shocking for homeowners to learn that the air inside their homes can be 2-5 (and even up to 100) times more polluted than the air outdoors.

Still, a great number of homeowners is hesitant to invest in professional air quality testing and minimize health risks inside their homes. In this article, we will discuss why air quality testing is essential for homeowners and what such a test should show. Keep on reading. 

What an IAQ test should show

The purpose of a professional indoor air quality test is to detect potential pollutants in a home. According to EPA, the most common indoor air pollutants include: 
  • Chemical pollutants: VOCs, lead, radon, asbestos, etc.
  • Combustion pollutants: tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide, VOCs from combustion
  • Biological pollutants: dander, pollen, mold, bacteria, dust mites, etc.
While homeowners can have their homes tested for all of these pollutants, IAQ tests should always start with a thorough home inspection and walkthrough, as no two homes are the same. For instance, a home built before 1980 would have a far greater risk of asbestos hazards compared to a modern home, which would make asbestos testing a top priority.

Why your customers should invest in IAQ testing

HVAC professionals can be of immense help to homeowners looking for ways to improve the air quality in their homes. In fact, IAQ testing has become a crucial part of HVAC services for homeowners, as a first step toward improving indoor comfort and health. By detecting common indoor pollutants and devising a tailored plan for improving IAQ, HVAC contractors can help homeowners in the following ways: 

Reduced health risks

Indoor air pollution is one of the leading risk factors for premature death. The health hazards caused by poor air quality include everything from respiratory issues aggravated by VOCs to carbon monoxide or radon poisoning. 

Maximized freshness

By removing certain sources of indoor pollution and investing in quality ventilation systems, humidifiers, and air purifiers, homeowners can have homes that are both healthier and fresher. 

Boosted comfort

Detecting and combating indoor air quality issues is a must for improving the comfort and the overall quality of life for homeowners. Not only does better IAQ mean cleaner and fresher air, but it also removes unnecessary stress and fear from a homeowner’s day-to-day life.

After all, the purpose of IAQ testing is to detect potential health hazards and keep the homeowner and their family safe and comfortable. This is why HVAC professionals should strive to educate their customers on the importance of maintaining good air quality inside their homes.

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