There are many types of pollutants that can affect the air quality in your home, but is there a high enough risk to get your air quality tested? It depends. Before you get an air quality test done on your home, keep these questions in mind.
Do You Have Physical Symptoms Of An Air Pollution Problem?
Before you jump the gun on an air quality test, it’s important to identify if there is a problem. If you are having physical symptoms like dizziness, nausea, rash, and chills, there’s a chance that your home is experiencing an increase in outdoor contaminants traveling into your home.
Are You Having To Frequently Change Your Air Filters?
If you’re noticing more dust than usual accumulating on your air vents and you find yourself having to change them out often, that’s not normal. Generally speaking, you should change your air filters monthly, unless you have a higher quality air filter. Any more than that could indicate an issue.
Do You Have A Room That Accumulates Moisture?
If you have an area of the home that gathers moisture, it’s likely your bathroom. You may not think anything of it after you get out of the shower or bath, but it’s important to let the bathroom air out to avoid mold. If you see any signs of mold, an air quality test should be performed, as mold can lead to an array of health issues.
Do You Own A Historic Or Older Home?
Unfortunately, older homes have a higher risk of containing dangerous materials like lead-based paint and asbestos. If you were already considering an air quality test, your home’s age should definitely be a deciding factor.
Air Quality Test Benefits
The main benefit of getting an air quality test is feeling safe in your home. No one likes to feel like they’re getting sick from the place that you’re supposed to feel most comfortable. Air quality tests can also uncover potential maintenance issues and save you money in the long run. Keep in mind that full air quality tests can be pricey, but there are air quality kits available if you aren’t looking for an extensive option.
There are many reasons to get an air quality test but much of it starts with your HVAC system. If your system is old and you are in need of a new one to improve your air quality contact the professionals at Service Tech Heating and Air. Their experts would love to help with any questions you may have so be sure to give them a call at 205-488-4714.