Household Cleaners

One of many possible causes of home allergens.
A 2009 study by the Environmental Working Group identified 457 air contaminants—24 linked to serious health concerns, including cancer—in 21 household cleaners.

Home Allergen Test

If you suffer from a constant runny nose, sniffles, sneezing, sore throat, or other common cold like symtoms, you may have a high allergen count in the air inside your home and need a home allergen test.

An indoor air quality test, that specifically measures levels of allergens in your home, may shed light on the culprit that is causing you to suffer.

Given that most of us spend much of our time indoors, having clean indoor air is very important. The concentrations of many indoor pollutants can exceed those outdoors. The air that we breathe in our homes, in schools and in offices can put us at risk for health problems.

The best way to address this risk is to first have a Home Allergen Test performed by a professional air quality testing company like Air Quality Consultants.  This test will tell you exactly what type of allergen (or other pollutant) is causing your ails.  With the results in place, we can now recommend ways to clean your air and control or eliminate the sources of pollutants.

Do not buy a DIY Home Allergen Test Kit!

Many people are tempted to buy a DIY Home Allergen Test Kit.  We, other professionals in the  indoor air quality community, and Consumer Reports all recommend against them.  This is because these DIY kits are notorious for providing false positives and are really only good at creating fear in unknowing homeowners.

Air Quality Consultants are highly trained in indoor air testing.  Our professional home allergen testing will provide you with accurate reports showing exactly what allergens are present in your home.  We will then provide you with solutions to get your indoor air quality as clean as possible.

Home Allergen Testing Process

Many people think that they are only at risk for inhaling allergy causing pollutants when outside.  The reality is that there are many allergens floating around the average household and many of those allergens can be smaller than bacteria!

Allergens this small can enter the bloodstream through your lungs and cause even more serious health issues.

When you call the professional air quality testing guru’s at Air Quality Consultants, we will schedule an appointment.  When we arrive for your appointment, we will do a physical inspection of the premises to search for causes of allergens.  We then use our professional grade air quality testing equipment to take multiple measurements from various points around your home.

After we have performed your home allergen test, we will provide you with the results in a report.  Once we know what is in the air, in your home, we can now start working on a solution to clean up that air and alleviate any side effects you’ve been having.

Your inspection will conclude with recommendations for cleaning up the air.

Possible Allergens In Your Home

Some of the allergens listed on this page are vey well known, while others are not.  If you are interested in learning more about these home allergens, you can click on the image to be taken to a page with more information.

There are many sources of home allergens that you would not suspect.  These include:

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Pet Dander

Size: 0.05 – 25 microns. Pet dander, skin flakes can be found everywhere: carpets, walls, furniture, even the ceilings. Pet dander can cause allergic reactions and exacerbate asthma.

Dust Mites

Size: 0.05 – 25 microns. House dust mites found in carpets, bedding and upholstery are considered to be the most common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms worldwide.

Pollen

Size: 0.35 – 250 microns. Most pollen that produces allergic reactions is from trees, grasses, and weeds. Pollen allergies can affect the nose, chest, skin and eyes.

Bacteria

Size: 0.1–10 microns. Common bacteria are found in many homes and can circulate through your ventilation system. Bacteria can cause respiratory infections and other harmful diseases.

Viruses / Diseases

Size: 0.01– 0.3 microns.
Influenza,tuberculosis, measles, staphylococcus infections, Legionella are transmitted by air. People carrying the virus may be contagious for 1 to 4 days before symptoms appear.

Mold / Fungus

Size: 1–75 microns. Molds and fungus are commonly found in the air ducts of your heating/cooling system. Molds release disease-causing toxins and increase the development of Asthma.
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