Indoor Air Quality Testing
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has a major impact on the health and wellbeing of you and your family. Unfortunately, many things can lower IAQ, including pollutants from the outside. That’s why you need to make sure you have high-quality filters throughout your home’s HVAC system.
However, beyond what comes in from the outdoors, your home’s air quality can also be impacted by things hiding indoors -- like mold. Here’s some more information about what could be polluting your indoor air and how to find it and eliminate it.
Testing for Mold
Mold is a frightful term, but it’s a common cause of poor indoor air quality. When it comes to determining if your home has mold, air sampling is considered the most accurate scientific way to confirm it. Not only will an air sample confirm if mold is present, it will also allow you to determine the types of mold and the amount of spores.
Some molds are much more dangerous than others, so a proper air sampling is a critical checklist item. With a Mold Spore Level Guide in hand, you can also use that sample to understand how the amount of mold spores could be impacting your health. After all, when in the air, these spores can be inhaled directly into your lungs.
If mold spores are found in abundance, that could indicate a living source of mold within the home. Therefore, an air sample should be considered a definite to either eliminate the worry of mold altogether or confirm its presence and bring it front-and-center.
Albany Mold, LLC is the leading provider for air sampling and Indoor Air Quality inspections. With more than 800 inspections/tests conducted every year around Albany NY and the Greater Capital District, we are the trusted leader in inspecting and identifying air quality issues for homes and businesses across the region.
What May a Test Find?
Using the latest devices, which are always tested to ensure they’re in proper working order, Albany Mold, LLC is able to achieve the most accurate results thanks to our state of the art digital equipment.
When conducted correctly, an indoor air quality test will be able to denote the presence of mold and identify the type. Certain types of mold, like Stachybotrys, Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Penicillen, Trichoderma, Mucor may cause short term and long term health effects.
The Testing Procedure
We conduct our tests using air pumps, which entails collecting 10 minute samples of strategically picked rooms of your home or place of business. Each sample volumn contains 150ML
With this volume, labs are able to accurately detect the potential presence of mold. All of our samples are overnighted to a certified lab. After the lab analysis the samples the results are sent the very next day.
The Indoor Air Quality tests more many air pollutants such as:
Amorphous organic debris
Charred wood framents
Charred plant debris
Our tests will provide you with information on:
The amount of mold spores in the air
The types of mold spores identified
Background debris in the air
Hyphal fragments (mold fruiting structures)
Pollen, skin cells, and other contaminants
Finding Additional Contaminants
If you want a full sample of your indoor air quality beyond mold, we can also test for other contaminants. These include plant contaminants like pollen, oak, and mulberry along with animal contaminants (insect parts, mites, cells, and hair) and non-biological contaminants (think glass fibers, starch particles, synthetic fibers, and cellulose fibers).
If you are looking for multiple tests, you can reach out to Albany Mold, LLC for a custom-tailored package for your home or business. Your package will include testing for the most critical contaminants to ensure your IAQ is up to standard.