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Home Air Quality Testing: DIY vs Professional Air Quality Test

Posted in Air Quality, on June 08, 2020

If you’re thinking about having home air quality testing in Toronto, you might be intrigued by many of the DIY kits that are available on the market. The last few years have seen a huge rise in the number of DIY kits, and while some of these products are actually cheaper and faster than hiring a professional, many others are only good on paper - including indoor air quality testing.

Why Should You be Testing Your Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality testing is an important part of whole-home health. We spend 90% of our time indoors and the air we breathe affects all parts of our body, from our skin and hair to our sleep, cognitive function, and respiratory health. Living in a home or working in an office with poor indoor air quality can seriously affect your day to day life. Indoor air quality tests can reveal hidden and odourless air quality problems - most of which are fairly easy to solve or improve.

DIY Air Quality Testing

We all like to be in control or know more about what’s going on in our house, which make DIY kits and instructions the perfect tool for curious homeowners. But when it comes to home air quality testing Toronto, is the DIY route really worth the lower cost? 

As far back as 2007, the trusted independent agency Consumer Reports began advising people not to use DIY air quality kits - when it came to these kits, Consumer Reports cited major problems and a lack of reliability regarding these tests. 

When it comes to DIY kits, they provide a black or white answer - yes or no. They can’t tell you whether or not the particles found in your home are dangerous, the concentration levels or pollutants, or help you pinpoint the origin of the indoor air quality problems. These are significant drawbacks when it comes to implementing changes that will improve your indoor air quality. They may be cheap to purchase and easy to use, but they give little if any useful information when it comes to improving your health and safety. 

Professional Air Quality Testing

In contrast, the professional approach to indoor air quality testing has a key ingredient that DIY tests lack - human knowledge. At SafeAir, we have over a decade of professional experience assessing the indoor air quality of homes and businesses big and small. We’ve taken countless professional courses and use specialized HEPA filters and highly sensitive tools to test air quality. We work with third-party labs to provide objective, science-based results from our testing - which gives you highly detailed information that ensures your solution will work. We may cost more than a DIY test - but our services pays for itself in both the long and short term. 

Work with SafeAir for Better Indoor Air Quality

Home air quality testing in Toronto is a specialized service that can help you make choices and implement solutions that have a positive effect on your health. For more information about professional air quality testing in Toronto, give us a call at 416-414-5690!

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