A common question our air quality experts receive is, “How often should we test the air in our home?” Often, homeowners believe that testing once is sufficient, however many things can change over time that can affect the air quality. One of the areas that can make a big difference is simply the changing seasons. Not only does the weather change, but the activities people are involved in change as well. For example, here in Michigan the seasons are quite different. Summer is usually warm (and mostly pleasant) so many people spend a lot of time in outdoor activities and windows are often open.
Even though it’s warmer, there tends to be less exposure because people spend less time indoors and there’s more air circulation. Winter, on the other hand, can be very cold and the days are shorter so people spend more time indoors and the house is closed up to keep the heat in so the potential for exposure is higher. Spring and fall tend to be more moderate in temperature but there’s a lot of moisture in the air from rain and fog so the potential for mold growth is higher.
Air quality is constantly changing and everything we do affects it, even though we may not notice it. Routine activities like cooking and cleaning affect the air quality on a daily basis; less frequent activities like freshening up the paint or buying new furniture can also add a lot of chemicals to the air.
The quality of the air inside your home can affect your health and overall general well-being. When pollutants are in the air, it can cause irritation in your eyes, throat and nose, aggravated allergies, sneezing, and coughing. Having a professional do an indoor air quality test is good because you can discover what you are breathing in every day. Mold, pet dander, pollen, and bacteria are all examples of what could be causing illness in your home.