Should I Have an Air Quality Test?

There are lots of environmental factors you can’t control, but you can control the air quality in your home. Maybe it’s allergies or other health factors that are prompting you to consider your home air quality. Maybe you’re in the process of buying or selling your home. Whatever the reason is, we’ll explore benefits to considering an air quality test.

What Are Symptoms of Poor Air Quality?

Health concerns are common reasons to question air quality. When we spend as much time as we do at home or in the office, it’s important to maintain a healthy environment. Some common symptoms of poor air quality include: sinus congestion, headache, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath and dryness or irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and skin. Keep in mind, these symptoms are common with other conditions such as colds or flu, so they aren’t necessarily indicative of poor air quality. But if these are frequent symptoms, it might be time to consider environmental factors such as air quality.

How Do You Test for Bad Air Quality?

One of the simplest ways to test your air quality is to purchase an indoor air quality monitor. They range in price point but you’ll want one that measures basics such as: Temperature, humidity, AQI (air quality index), levels of particulate matter (that is, levels of dust and other allergens) and VOC (volatile organic compounds that may come from building materials, carpeting, etc.). It’s helpful to measure other factors such as carbon monoxide or radon levels as well. You can also contact a professional. Let us know how we can help!

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What Can I Do to Fix Bad Air Quality?

There are several ways to remedy poor air quality in your home. 


Keeping it clean is the first step. By regularly maintaining a clean home, you cut down on excess dust and/or animal dander that can contaminate the air. Also scrubbing surfaces regularly to discourage mold, particularly in damp areas of the home like bathrooms, can help improve air quality

Let In Fresh Air

Letting outside air move through your home by opening windows is a good way to circulate air, and potentially move indoor pollutants out.

Air Purifiers

Air purifiers can help capture irritants that may lead to allergies. These can be set up in commonly used areas of the home to optimize their effectiveness. Using a dehumidifier in damp areas of the home can also discourage mold growth.

HVAC Maintenance

Regularly changing air filters will ensure dust and other irritants are caught instead of recirculated. Cleaning ducts can also remove trapped dust, and make sure air is being properly circulated by your home system.

Final Thoughts

There are several benefits to testing the quality of your air. Once tested, it’s important to maintain good air quality as well. Dean Mechanical services areas such as Wixom, Milford, Livonia, Canton, Novi, South Lyon, Northville, Ann Arbor, Brighton, Commerce, Farmington Hills, Southfield and Dearborn. If you have more questions, make sure to contact us!

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