You take the trash out when the bin is full, and you wash your sinks when they are dirty. But do you do the same for the air of your home? Would you even know if the air of your home is unclean?

The air quality of your home doesn’t have to remain a mystery. And because harmful airborne elements like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can cause respiratory problems and other breathing ailments, you owe it to your family to find out.

Don’t let bad air adversely impact your health. Test air quality in your home by following these simple steps:

  1. Use your senses
  2. Pay attention to your health
  3. Purchase an air quality monitor
  4. Purchase a carbon monoxide detector
  5. Schedule a Healthy Home Assessment

1. Use your senses

The first way to discover if your home has a problem with air quality is also the simplest. Air is invisible to the eye, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your other senses to test air quality.

Mould is a problem that can affect the air quality of your home if ignored. Although you can’t see its presence in the air, you can use your sense of smell to detect it. Mould has a musty, dank smell that always accompanies its presence. Likewise, mould manifests itself in the form of growing black spots in your walls and ceiling, appearing in damp spots of your home.

If you’re detecting strange, recurring odours in your home, it may be a sign that you should consider taking other steps in this list.  

2. Pay attention to your health

Another way to tell that your home’s air may be compromised is to keep a close eye on your family’s health. 

The arrival of allergens may be accompanied by a rise in allergy symptoms like coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, and headaches. Likewise, be aware of health conditions such as dizziness, nausea, rashes, fever, chills, and fatigue; these could be symptoms resulting from a contaminant that has infiltrated your home.

Consult a health professional if you have any questions about your health. In the same way, you should contact a professional if you have any concerns about the air in your home.

3. Purchase an air quality monitor

A home air quality monitor is a device you can buy that tells you the air quality of your home. An air quality monitor takes readings for PM2.5, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, VOCs, temperature, and humidity.

Costing in the range of $150-250, a home air quality monitor is a handy way for a homeowner to see how air quality changes in their home. However, air quality monitors have their limitations.

Although they can measure the concentration of particulate matter in your air, these devices aren’t able to tell you what they are. Air quality monitors don’t differentiate between mould, pollen, dust mites, and pet dander. Secondly, if this device were to display an alarming reading, it won’t tell you how to solve the problem at hand.

4. Purchase a carbon monoxide detector

Carbon monoxide detectors are just like air quality monitors except they only detect carbon monoxide, and will set off an alarm if activated. This specialization is due to the danger that carbon monoxide presents to people in enclosed spaces. Every year, 300 people in Canada die from carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Because carbon monoxide is odourless, colourless,and tasteless, the only way to detect it is with a carbon monoxide detector. 

For best results, a carbon monoxide detector should be put on every floor of a house, ideally next to the bedroom. To ensure detectors are working properly, homeowners should change batteries regularly.

5. Schedule a Healthy Home Assessment

For comprehensive testing to find out the true livability of your home, consult the experts by scheduling a Healthy Home Assessment from Healthy Home Makeovers. This 60-90 minute on-site, multi-point, physical inspection of a home, office or cottage determines and identifies any environmental threats that could impact the health of your family.

To test your home’s air quality, the Healthy Home Assessment team uses a sophisticated device called a “particle concentration meter” to check what is in your air. It discovers any issues you might have, and helps come up with a proper solution for them.

In addition to an air quality test, a Healthy Home Assessment will test your home’s water quality to see if your tap water is safe to drink. It will also see if your home has been inundated by toxins and other pollutants.

In total, a Healthy Home Assessment consists of:

Upon completing this fact-based, scientific process, a homeowner will receive a full, detailed report that explains the results of the tests and will list any potential threats that were found in your home. 

Importantly, the report will inform you of what, if any, steps need to be taken to solve any problems your home may have. These can come in the form of Healthy Home Makeovers extensive lineup of air purifiers, water purifiers, organic bedding, and other home environment products.

A Healthy Home Assessment costs $99, but should you make a future purchase worth $500, this amount will be credited back to you. This means that as a returning customer, the Health Home Assessment would be yours for FREE.

Don’t delay! Book your Healthy Home Assessment NOW!

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