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Old 10-21-2009, 04:55 PM
Location: Seattle area
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Default Indoor air quality testing?

My asthma's kicked up badly since moving to a new home more than a year ago. Mysteriously improved while on vacation, tanked again upon return. I suspect my house, but nothing obvious is wrong.

Anyone know how to do indoor air quality testing? I've tried simple google and it's failing me. Seems there's a zillion people who sell kits, but fewer labs, and you have to send your kit to a lab that handles that kind of test. Shouldn't there be some kind of one-stop-shop for that, where you don't have to play guessing games?

Never done any testing before, aside from having someone else handle a ceiling-asbestos test before we bought the house. Any insight appreciated.
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:11 AM
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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Contact your local health department, they should be able to direct you to a lab.
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:44 AM
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Asbestos will not effect you this way. Some of the things that could effect you this way include mold and or chemical vapors. Some people are effected this way by the chemicals given off by newly cut wood, new carpet, and other items that give off chemical vapors. Mold growth in the walls or the AC system could possibly effect you. If you can afford it, it's a good idea to have a good AC contractor come to your home to inspect and service your system. If you're concerned about viruses and mold growth, ask about a UV light for your AC system. It won't prevent growth in the ducts but it will help to kill viruses and mold in the area of the AC coils. If you have new carpet or wood then you'll just have to regularly air out the home until it's finished giving off it's vapors. The other potential problem may be the outside enviroment where you live. You could be having allergies to plants in the area around your home. These things have a way of getting inside the home. When you went on vacation, you got away from those particular plants.

What type of air filter do you use in your home? I suggest you go to Lowes or Home Depot and try switching to Filtrete Ultra air filter for a few months then switch to a regular grade pleated air filter. Once you install the Filtrete Ultra, try leaving your central air fan in the on position for several hours or a day. The filtrete Ultra is close to HEPA filter. It is a $20 air filter and it will reduce your air flow a bit.
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:48 PM
Location: South Dakota
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Open the windows and air the place out now and then.
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:02 AM
Location: NC
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Get a mold expert in to check air quality! BBB usually can assist with finding qualified businesses!
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:16 AM
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Default Get an AirAdvice IAQ test done in your home

Call a local HVAC contractor and ask about getting a test done in your home they are terrific! Also you can go to the AirAdvice.com and use their contractor locator to find a professional to monitor your air. We did and were very surprised that our chemical levels were the probem. They measure many levels and do the test for several days so you see patterns and really understand what the cause of your problems may be.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:43 PM
Location: Brooklyn New York
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Originally Posted by windtimber View Post
Open the windows and air the place out now and then.

It is usually the obvious thing like opening a window that people just don't do, for some reason. Also a lot of newer homes don't even have windows in the bathrooms for some un-Godly reason
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