Question by Josephine: What is the best way to have the Indoor Air Quality of a home inspected?
I got very sick from living inside a home, and soon I will have to move back in. Who can inspect the home, including the heating system? Toxic material may have been sucked into the vents from a large suction vent located very low, so the vents may need cleaning. The source of the problem may have been something totally different. Please advise if you can! Thanks.
Answer by DrHenry
You need two different people. You need an HVAC company that specializes in air duct cleaning and you need an industrial hygienist (IH) that will act as your tester and consultant.
Both need to know what the problem was previously and the IH may ask to speak to your physician. Without the info, the IH will be shooting in the dark as to what should be tested. There are thousands of tests and most are not cheap. They can run $ 25-$ 1000 each. A good IH will cost you $ 500 per day. For an example, I charge $ 1000 per day and only work for industrial clients (I’m on the expensive side of most).
The most important thing is knowing what the problem is and knowing from your doctor, what can cause you problems. Test results for the average person may not work for you.
You may wonder about testing it yourself? There are really no ways for the homeowner to do this with any kind of confidence and many of the tests take special equipment.
The first references below give ways to find an expert, the second set is info on IAQ, and the third set contain home and school test kits that can be ordered.
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