When considering the cost of air quality testing, remember that the lowest cost isn’t always the best value. Unfortunately, many companies bill you for an air quality test when the results aren’t ready yet, or when you’ve already got a pretty accurate measurement. It’s best to have your air testing done professionally. When you do your own DIY testing, it will be easier to determine whether the air quality testing you’ve ordered is accurate or not.
Importance of Ambient Air Quality Monitoring
Indoor air quality testing is available in many different sizes, with prices ranging from less than a hundred dollars to over one thousand dollars. The kits used for testing indoors are often easy to use, so most homeowners don’t think to try to make their own air quality testing kits. However, if you have trouble with assembly of the kits (or just find them too complicated to use) many online stores offer kits that can be purchased and then assembled by the customer.
Many air testing kits measure individual pollutants or all the contaminants present in your home at one time. In general, these kits measure volatile organic compounds, which include VOCs, oxides of nitrogen, as well as many other chemicals and pollutants. Excluded in these kits are gases, such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and methane. There is typically only one type of pollutant to be tested, so it’s important to get one that will work for the needs you have. There are other kits available that will test for a combination of different pollutants, but you will likely only get good results with one type of kit. For example, one kit may test for all gas particles in your home, but only a few will test for gases.