You don’t need to be an HVAC expert to figure out that your home’s air quality could use some work. In fact, there are several ways you can test the air quality in your own home without fancy equipment. Or, if you need more precise information about your air quality because it’s affecting your health, allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions, you can buy your own air quality monitor. But don’t get ahead of yourself just yet, try these free versions first.
Symptoms of Bad Air Quality
Do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that your air quality has dropped? You could be right. There are a few symptoms that let you know if your home air quality could be improved, including:
- Allergies when you walk in: If you start sneezing when you walk into your home, or into a specific room, chances are the air in there has been collecting dust, pollen, dander, or other allergens.
- Dusting more than usual: Suddenly, your weekly or monthly dusting isn’t enough. That’s a good sign that dust isn’t being filtered out of your air.
- New symptoms: Headaches, rashes, nausea, vomiting and other health symptoms can be caused by pollutants in your air, or even a gas leak. You should reach out to your doctor, but if they can’t find an obvious cause, it could be an air quality issue.
- Full filters: Your air conditioner, furnace and other HVAC appliances have filters to protect them from dust, dirt and other debris in your air. You should change your air filters monthly or at least every 3 months. But, if you notice that they get full faster than before, you probably have an air quality problem.
Air Quality Tests
If you want more specific information about your air quality, or can’t quite figure out what is wrong, you can buy relatively inexpensive air quality test kits. Here are some types of tests:
- Allergen test kits: These kits can measure how many allergens are in the air. Make sure it measures your specific allergies before you purchase.
- VOC test kits: VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, can cause serious symptoms if there are enough in your air. If you have a moderate amount, you may need professional help clearing them.
- Mold test kits: Mold spores are always present in the air unless you’re in a very controlled environment. However, too many spores are a problem.
What if you want to monitor your air quality more than once? You can buy an indoor air quality monitor. These digital devices test air quality on demand. However, they are expensive. At this point, you may want to reach out to a professional who will help you determine the best air quality product for your individual situation.
COVID19 (Corona Virus) & Air Quality
At this time, air quality is even more important and a greater concern to the general public because of the current Corona Virus situation in Canada and the rest of the world. So, now that you have tested the air quality in your home, how can you get rid of unwanted contaminants? UV air purifiers also called Ultraviolet air cleaners are very effective at eliminating unwanted contaminants that exist in your home and make your family sick. The ultraviolet light in these devices destroy viruses, bacteria, allergens and mold that may be present in your indoor atmosphere and on the surfaces of your HVAC systems.