When to Call for Air Quality Testing in Your Home

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Your home's air may be more polluted than you think, and the irritants that are in the air may affect your breathing, your skin, and even the home itself. You may not ever think about getting an air quality test in your home, but it can be needed to ensure that the air is clean and safe. Note when it's good to call for air quality testing in your home and why it can be necessary.

1. After Repairing a Gas Furnace or Hot Water Heater

If a gas furnace or hot water heater was in disrepair, you may think that you can simply open some windows and doors and won't have any lingering propane or other gasses in the home. However, you don't know if opening those windows and doors provided enough ventilation for all those harmful gasses to escape. They could easily be absorbed by wood products in the home or otherwise get trapped inside. Rather than take this risk, it's good to have the home's air quality tested so you know if you need to take additional steps to rid your home of lingering and dangerous gasses.

2. When Mold or Mildew Have Been Discovered

Mold spores can become airborne and, in turn, cause damage to your lungs when you breathe them in. Mildew can also be very irritating to the skin and sinuses. Even if you've had your home cleaned of any discovered mold on the woodwork or have had your furniture cleaned of any mildew that may have formed, it's still good to have the air tested for lingering irritants.

3. When There Have Been Any Types of Spills in the Area

If you live anywhere near an industrial area and there has been a reported leak or spill of their chemicals, or if there has been any type of dangerous spill in your area, you want to have your home's air quality tested. You don't know how far fumes and other particles travel when released in the air and you could very well be breathing them in, causing damage to your lungs.

4. When Asthma or Other Disorders Act Up

If you or someone in your family has asthma or any type of breathing disorder and it seems to act up for no reason, have the air quality in your home tested. The home may be collecting dust and dirt that is irritating the lungs, or there may be excessive amounts of pollen, pet dander, and the like in your home. You may need to install an air filter or other such mechanism for keeping the home's air clean and fresh for those with breathing disorders.

For more information on what can affect the air quality of your home, contact local air quality services.