THIS is so important! How to test the QUALITY of your indoor air

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Do you know what the quality of the air inside your home is? It turns out that the air inside our homes is actually even more polluted than the air outdoors. This could come as quite a surprise to most people, and since we spend a lot of time in our homes, it's so important to test your indoor air quality and to find out how to maintain clean air in your home. There are ways to measure and test your air for pollutants that you suspect are contaminating the air. There are home air-quality tests you can buy in a range of different prices, but there isn't only one test that will cover all pollutants. So you have to take it step by step testing one contaminant at a time. Philip D. Myers from Molekule gives us some practical information about the different air polluting elements that might exist in our homes. There are Biological pollutants which include mould, pollen, dust mites, dander and bacteria which are fairly common in homes. Then there are Chemical pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds VOCs including formaldehyde, lead and radon. There are also Combustion pollutants, like carbon monoxide and tobacco smoke if people smoke in their homes.

If you are exposed to things like mould, dander, and pollen you may have some allergic reactions and well as respiratory issues and asthma if you're already prone to it. You can test for the Biological Pollutants when you already notice some of the symptoms that go along with being exposed to them. There is a company called INDOOR Biotechnologies, Inc. that uses a testing technology called Multiplex Array for Indoor Allergens MARIA, which will test the quality of the air in your house for the Biological Pollutants. You'll need to give them a sample of the dust in your home or a sample of the air and the price for this testing is around $75 for one allergen and $345 to test all 14. Mould is one of the most common toxins in the home and for those sensitive to mould it can cause a host of issues including irritation of the respiratory system and even the eyes. This can even happen to healthy people too. If you suspect there may be mould in your home, you'll want to check for it and see if you can find it in your home first. Mould has a distinct musty odour to it. So see which area in your home you smell the mouldy odour in most, and that's most likely where the mould is. Once you find the mould, there's no need for any sampling because you've found the evidence that there is mould in your home and then you'll resort to cleaning tips or professional cleaning services to clean it up for you.

Dust mites are another cause of poor indoor air quality because they increase the amount of dust in our homes. Like mould, they are one of the most common indoor air contaminants. Just as with mould, it's a good idea to use a good quality dehumidifier or air conditioner to keep humidity levels low in your home. Mould and dust mites thrive in areas where the moisture levels are high, so drying up the air in your home will help. There are other ways to test for the other indoor air contaminants, but above all, it's important to work on keeping your home clean and keep up with any repairs that need to be done or use products that don't include toxic VOCs. There are lots of natural cleaners you can use in place of these chemical ones that will help your home's air stay cleaner. Read the entire article from Molekule for more steps for testing and how to keep your indoor air clean.***

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