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. So, 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.
6 Reasons you Need To Check Your Air Quality more than Once:
- Seasonal changes
- Chronic respiratory conditions (e.g., asthma, allergies)
- Home repairs, especially with leaks or plumbing problems
- New home
- Renovation or construction
- New furniture
Since air quality improvement is a continuous process, it’s important to check the air quality regularly. Set up a schedule for yourself (e.g., order a kit every January and July) and make checking your air quality part of every major change in your home. Bookmark www.homeaircheck.com for easy access to information and resources about indoor air quality. Also find us on Facebook and Pinterest for access to questions and discussions with others as concerned about healthy air as you are.