Spring is here! It’s time to throw open the windows and give the house a good airing. But wait – before you let the outside air inside your house, think about testing your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). You’ll want to add improving IAQ to your spring cleaning list.

Poor IAQ lowers the quality of your health and comfort, creating issues as simple as a dry throat to illnesses as severe as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  By testing your home’s air quality, you can identify the sources of pollutants threatening IAQ and improve the situation.

Some of the pollutants commonly found in homes include:

You can perform some home air quality tests as DIY projects by purchasing air quality monitors or at-home radon test kits, or by installing carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home (a recommended practice). However, what do you do if your IAQ fails the tests? And how do you test for the other pollutants like mold, asbestos, and lead?

Addressing the issues you discover can be as simple as changing your furnace filter. But major problems threatening your family’s health require swift and professional attention.