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Blog/Opinion: Should I test indoor air?

By HHI Staff

Air-quality testing can be helpful to understand what is wrong with your air, but since there are hundreds or thousands of possible pollutants, and testing for them all is impossible, a test profile may be a very misleading or part-smart approach. Getting a list of airborne chemicals without knowing their individual or collective effect on health is often a vain endeavor.


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Exceptions may include when you suspect a mold or formaldehyde issue and test for these individually; but even then, exercise care that you understand what the specific measurements mean.


Better to follow the advice of the EPA when it says there are three basic steps to improve Indoor Air Quality:


1. Remove the source

2. Ventilate

3. Clean the air


Source removal is the number one answer, ventilation is number two, and air cleaning via filter media is last. Of course, this holds true when the pollution source is indoors not outdoors.


Bringing in outside polluted air is another discussion that may suggest moving to the country where the outdoor air is fresher, or investing in an air purifier that captures both particles and gases.




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Should I test indoor air?:  Created on August 22nd, 2014.  Last Modified on August 22nd, 2014


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