May 16, 2008, Newsletter Issue #90: Can I Test My Own Home Air Quality?

Tip of the Week

There really isn't a single, comprehensive test or kit you can purchase for a do-it-yourself home air evaluation or air quality inspection. Chances are you've already identified some problems, and wouldn't need such a kit. Which of the following apply to you?

1. I notice cooking odors long after the meal has been prepared.

2. I notice strange smells in specific places in the home or a non-specific but unpleasant odor.

3. I notice mold growth in my vents.

4. Fumes from hobby work such as modeling, painting, or other activities generated in one room are noticeable in other parts of the house.

If any of these apply, you have a home air quality issue that should be addressed right away. Your solution may include portable home air filter units, whole-house systems, or a combination of the two. Whichever you choose, address the air quality issue right away.

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