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Our indoor air quality is important, especially because we spend most of our time in the comfort of our homes. That’s why it’s so essential to conduct an indoor air quality test once in a while. It ensures that your family’s health and safety are a top priority, and can help you reduce the risk of health concerns that are related to poor air quality. Be sure not to put off things that can improve your environment, like a professional air conditioning service.

With that in mind, here are several ways to test the air quality in your home.

Use an Air Quality Monitor

These days, this is the most budget-friendly way to test your indoor air quality. Here are a few things that you can measure and keep track of.

  • Humidity
  • VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), since they are the potential pollutants of your home
  • Levels of particulate matter, which refers to dust and other allergens present in indoor air
  • AQI (Air Quality Index), which measures how the pollutants can affect your indoor air

Allergy Symptoms?

Aside from monitoring and measuring these different variables, you can also pay attention to your current health. Have you been noticing watery eyes or an itchy throat? Do you suffer from sneezing or coughing at home? If that’s the case, your indoor air quality might be less than ideal. Molds, mildews and dust can cause allergy symptoms.

Monitor Carbon Monoxide Levels

Carbon monoxide is one the riskiest substances that can infiltrate your indoor air quality. It’s often referred to as “the silent killer” because it’s an odorless, colorless gas that claims lives each year. Be sure to purchase a carbon monoxide detector for your home to make sure there aren’t any detectable carbon monoxide levels in your living space. Fortunately, these are affordable and easy to install. There are a number of appliances in your home that can cause carbon monoxide leaks. Some common offenders include:

  • gas stoves and ovens
  • dirty chimneys
  • furnaces or boilers
  • clothes dryers

Be sure to schedule regular home maintenance tasks, like a plumbing and air conditioning service, to ensure your safety and the best indoor air quality.

Use an Air Purifier

If you’ve identified air quality problems in your home, you can use an air purifier to help improve your environment. Air purifiers remove particulate matter from the air, helping asthma and allergy sufferers to breathe more easily.

Air purifiers clean the air with two unique methods. One is to release negatively charged ions that make pollutants stick to the surrounding surfaces. The other method is to use HEPA filters to screen and collect particulates from the air.

Hire an Air Quality Professional

The tips mentioned above are some steps you can begin to take to improve your home. Aside from monitoring pollutants and other levels of activity, you can also schedule an appointment with an air quality professional. There are some issues that you just shouldn’t DIY.

At Shepherd’s, we can help you test your indoor air quality and diagnose potential problems. We’re happy to answer any questions you have as well. Give us a call today at (650) 422-2466!

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