How Does Air Sample Testing Work? Things You Need to Know

September 10th, 2019 Uncategorized
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Indoor air pollutants and their sources, Humans spend 90% of their time indoors. This makes indoor air quality a crucial aspect to check and maintain. Properly addressing indoor air problems will help reduce the chances of sickness among its occupants. So how do the indoor air quality testing procedures work? Here’s a quick look at how this inspection process goes:

What does it test?

The indoor air quality testing standards include various pollutants. The most common are biological, chemical, and combustion pollutants. A test kit will be used to suck in the air sample for testing. Most of the time. The air test will be conducted inside the property. For major tests, the inspector may obtain an air sample and send it to a laboratory for in-depth analysis.

So what does this test include? Here are the common pollutants and how they are tested:

Biological pollutants

These are the likes of pollen, house mites, pet dander, dust, mold, frass, and more. Blind testing isn’t ideal for biological pollutants. The inspectors need to have a list or lineup of possible contaminants to test for it.

Most indoor biological air tests will include a list of specific and most common pollutants. After receiving the results, you can now proceed to fix the problem to improve the air quality of your property.

If the problems persist, you can opt for an air sampling test. You or the air expert will obtain an air sample from your property using an aerosol impactor. This will be sent to a lab for further testing.

Chemical pollutants

Chemical pollutants include Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, and fumes from pesticides and other chemicals. Lead is also a leading chemical pollutant in homes and commercial establishments.

Lead, VOC, and fumes testing will be conducted separately as each needs a different approach. Most of the time, the technicians will use testing kits to detect the presence of levels of certain chemical pollutants.

Combustion pollutants

This includes tobacco smoke, automobile exhausts, carbon monoxide, and more. These are gasses that will pose a direct threat to the occupants’ health. CO is deadlier since it’s odorless and colorless. The person wouldn’t know of the pollution unless the symptoms of toxicity occur.

The technicians will use special testers per the type of combustion pollutant. They will also gauge the levels of the gasses to check if it’s harmful or tolerable for the human body.

Cost of the test

The cost of the testing of the indoor air quality services will vary per pollutant. Pollen and biological testing tend to be more expensive. Meanwhile, VOCs and combustion pollutants come next. Of all the common pollutants lead and radon testing are the most affordable since it’s easier to detect.

Depending on the extent of the testing, it will cost anywhere between $15 and $150. Although some tests don’t come cheap. It’s important to perform indoor air quality monitoring steps to arrest any possible harm the pollutants may bring. In the end, spending a little is better than suffering from the dangers of indoor air pollution.

Created by:

JS Percy & Associates, LLC

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