When Should You Test Indoor Air Quality In Your Home?

With climate change being a hot topic these days, you probably hear a lot about outdoor air quality, especially in bigger cities. You maybe have even seen an air quality score for your area on your weather app, letting you know when you may want to avoid being outside. Seeing and hearing about all of that may lead you to wonder about the quality of the air inside your home as well. How do you know if the air you're breathing is healthy? When should you test for its quality? Here are three scenarios in which you should get your indoor air quality tested. 

1. Unexplained Allergies/Respiratory Problem

Lots of people experience allergic reactions to animals or changes in seasons, but if your allergies are acting up without an obvious cause, you may be having problems with your home's air quality. Likewise, if you're suddenly coughing and sneezing a lot or even developing more serious respiratory symptoms that won't go away or keep coming back, that is a cause for alarm. If you can't explain those symptoms with a smoking habit or work conditions, then your home's indoor air could be the culprit. It may be time to get the quality tested.

2. Weird Smells That Won't Go Away

Unpleasant or unusual smells that don't go away after a thorough cleaning are a sign that you might need your air quality checked. This is especially true if you can't identify the source of the smell and take care of it. Don't be tempted to cover it up and ignore it—mold, gas, or other toxins in your air will start to affect your physical health, and you don't want to put your health or the health of your family at risk. Getting your indoor air quality evaluated can help you locate the source of the problem and eradicate it for good.

3. House Isn't in a Great Condition

A variety of factors having to do with the condition of your house can contribute to indoor air quality. Maybe your house is older and therefore more susceptible to ventilation issues. Perhaps you've already had problems with humidity control and mold growth. Maybe you simply have dust build-up quickly even though you clean very regularly. Even if your house is newer, new carpet or furniture can contribute to air quality problems as well. If anything about the condition of your home leads you to believe that your air quality is poor, don't hesitate to get it tested.

Don't allow an air quality problem to become even worse. Contact a company that performs indoor air quality testing for more information and advice.