It is important to keep your air clean in order to avoid diseases that are caused by microorganisms that may be hiding in your home. Diseases like asthma, cancer, cough and so on could be caused by poor air quality, hence, you should know how to test the quality of air in your home.
You should first conduct a careful inspection of your house before beginning the quality testing of the indoor air so that the main sources of pollution can be identified. The inspection will enable you to determine whether to go ahead to test for special agents and it can also reveal the mechanical, environmental, structural or occupant behavior that can be responsible for the poor air quality.
Mold is very common in moist places and it can damage floors and walls as well as cause health problems. In order to get rid of mold, the source of the moisture must be eliminated. There are lots of DIY home testing kits that can be used to test the quality of the air you are breathing to determine whether the mold is a pathogenic, toxigenic or allergenic organism. You can consult a certified inspector and he will be able to carry out an air sampling test with a specialized vacuum pump and an air sampling cassette. The sample will then be sent to the laboratory for proper analysis and the result will be ready in a day or two.
Even though mold is the commonest cause of poor air quality, there are other microorganisms that are responsible. Allergens such as cockroach parts and feces, dust mites, animal dander and cat saliva can lead to different allergies if they are not removed. Home test kits can be used to determine the allergens polluting your home if you are not sure whether they are responsible for the pollution. The test involves the collection of biological and non-biological allergens which will then be sent to the laboratory for analysis. You can request for a free consultation with a reputable indoor-air-quality evaluator and if you want a professional to carry out the test, a sample of dust will be taken by the professional with special equipment and taken to the lab for detailed analysis.
Asbestos inspection is also necessary in order to remove it from your home. It is a resistant type of fibrous mineral that is harmful to inhale. It can release small, dangerous fibers when disturbed and its removal is in accordance with the regulations of your state. There are several home kits that can be used for collecting asbestos samples but if you are going to do it on your own, you should not forget to wear a face mask.