How To Test, Measure, and Improve Indoor Air Quality
July 22nd, 2021 by Emily Mixter
Indoor air quality is something that you may not become overly concerned with until you run into a problem. When you experience poor indoor air quality, you’ll notice that your allergies are more severe when you’re at home. If you have an upper respiratory illness, it’s more common to experience symptoms when your indoor air quality is low.
How to Measure Indoor Air Quality
Now, since you know the importance of avoiding poor indoor air quality, it’s likely that you’re wondering what affects your indoor air quality levels. The reality is that you can measure your indoor air quality to determine whether or not you need to seek improvements. To test your indoor air quality, you’ll need a VOC sensor.
This type of sensor will reveal the levels of VOCs in the air. VOCs, known formally as volatile organic compounds, are the main contributors to poor indoor air quality in your HVAC system. When you utilize the sensor, it will reveal the levels of different VOCs in your indoor environment.
Another tool that you should utilize is a carbon dioxide meter. This helps to measure the amount of CO2 that is present in the air in a particular space where the meter is placed. Carbon dioxide can be dangerous in high amounts. Both of these sensors should be mounted on the walls in your highly trafficked rooms. Try to keep them out of direct sunlight and away from any induction units to ensure an accurate reading.
Interpreting Your Results
While you may want to be able to interpret the various results that the sensors and meters give, that’s not always possible. As of right now, there are no official standards for indoor air quality levels. It’s best to have your local health agency assess the results of your indoor air quality tests. They can alert you of potentially dangerous levels of various pollutants inside of your home’s HVAC system.
Tips for Enhancing Your Indoor Air Quality
One of the best things that you can do to enhance your indoor air quality is to have an air purifier installed. If you have an existing HVAC system, you’ll simply need to ask your HVAC professional to install a purifier in your existing ductwork. This purifier will help to remove pollutants from your indoor air to enhance the air quality level inside of your home.
Another great tactic for enhancing indoor air quality is to open your windows frequently. Just having a nice cross-breeze blowing through your home can help to remove unwanted pollutants from the air inside of your home. Even running indoor fans can help to change pollutant levels.
Contact Our HVAC Professionals
If you believe that your indoor air quality is not great, it’s time to call in our HVAC professionals. We can take care of assessing various pollutants inside of your home and make recommendations for enhancing your indoor air quality. We know HVAC systems in and out. You can rely on us to set your home HVAC system up for quality indoor air disbursement.