Do you experience health problems like asthma and allergies? You may be exposing yourself to poor air quality that significantly impacts your conditions. While you need to be cautious about the outdoor air, you should be equally as concerned about the air in your home. According to the World Health Organization, 9 out of 10 people worldwide regularly breathe in dirty air. A large portion of the pollution comes from our stoves and the fuels in our homes.

While you can’t control the pollution outside, you can reduce the pollution in your home. B&D Industries, Inc. are professional HVAC technicians with experience in repairing, maintaining and installing quality solutions. Here is what you need to know about testing the air quality in your home.


Understand Common Home Air Quality Pollutants

When it comes to your home’s air quality, there are three types of pollutants you need to be cautious about:

  • Biological – Living things like pollen, dust, mold, etc.
  • Chemical – Volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, lead, and radon
  • Combustion – Pollutants such as carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke, and byproducts of something burning

Each of these pollutants can cause havoc on your respiratory system if it’s not properly managed. You can test the air quality by yourself or by hiring a professional. While you’ll save money doing it yourself, you may sacrifice some accuracy in the results. If you find anything off in the results, it’s important that you immediately begin work on cleaning your air.


Purchase an Indoor Air Quality Monitor

If you’re experiencing symptoms that are a result of poor air quality, getting a monitor to pinpoint the problem is extremely beneficial. There are monitors available that measure certain aspects of indoor pollution, including:

  • Humidity
  • Temperature
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOC)
  • Levels of dust and allergens
  • Air quality index (AQI)

With this information at your disposal, you can take the right steps to get fresh air back into your home. Significantly reducing the air’s impact on your health and giving you a little peace of mind.


Invest in an Air Purifier

Once you have identified potential air quality issues in your home, an air purifier may answer some of your problems. Air purifiers help people breathe easier by removing particulate matter from the air via two methods.

  1. Release negatively charged ions, which make pollutants stick to surrounding surfaces
  2. Use HEPA filters to screen and collect particulates from the air

Additionally, air purifiers neutralize unpleasant odors and harmful chemicals from indoor environments. However, for you to get the most out of your purifier, you need to change its filter to efficiently clean the air.


Call in an Air Quality Professional

If you encounter indoor air quality issues, you need to find a solution. When you’re not able to do it yourself, you need to call a licensed professional. An air quality technician will do everything from testing and pinpointing the source of the problem to safely and efficiently clean the source. Their relevant training and years of experience will provide you with peace of mind knowing you can breathe easily again.


B&D Industries is Your Go-To Source for HVAC Services

As the warmer summer months approach, the threat of worsened allergies and health overall is even greater. At B&D, our qualified, certified team of expert technicians is dedicated to making sure your heating and cooling systems are working as efficiently as possible – all year long. And we can provide you with all of the necessary maintenance needed to keep yours running smoothly, such as preventative maintenance and repair, refrigerated air, and 24/7 emergency service for whatever heating/cooling issue may arise.

Contact us today to speak to a member of our team, or schedule an appointment online.