Many waves have come and gone since 2020, during which we’ve all done our best to simply ride each one out. Thankfully, the ebbs and flows of the coronavirus pandemic have begun to mellow out.
Thus, you may be wondering: Is air quality testing necessary now that COVID-19 has peaked?
Our answer? Yes. In fact, air quality testing may be a helpful and insightful tool regardless of the current COVID-19 status in the world. Allow us to explain by answering your top questions:
Can You Test the Air for COVID-19?
While it is not common to test the air for COVID-19 in specific, it is possible to test the air within a space so that we may determine how likely it is that the virus may linger as a bioaerosol.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, aerosols are “infectious viral particles that can float or drift around in the air … Another person can breathe in these aerosols and become infected with the virus. Aerosolized coronavirus can remain in the air for up to three hours.”
That being said, while we cannot test for these specific viral particles, we can assess the overall status of your indoor air, thereby honing in on what factors may be contributing to poor air quality.
Consequently, you can take the necessary steps to treat exiting airborne pollutants and mitigate further contamination — including viral transmission.
What Else Can an IAQ Assessment Reveal?
Indoor air quality is not merely a matter of optimizing your residential or commercial space in the wake of COVID-19. Rather, it is about enhancing the overall wellness of your space for whatever residents or employees may be present.
“The quality of indoor air inside offices, schools, and other workplaces is important not only for workers’ comfort but also for their health,” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explains.”Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.”
In particular, indoor air quality assessments may help you determine:
- If and where asbestos is present
- The source(s) of volatile organic compound(s)
- The severity of present mold growth
- If outdoor allergens are making their way inside
- And more
Who Should I Call for Help?
When it comes time to perform an indoor air quality test, you want to make sure you are always reaching out to certified, licensed, and experienced professionals.
In particular, ask to see their credentials and affiliated professional organizations.
Luce Air Quality, for example, is certified/recognized by and associated with:
- The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)
- The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation
- American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC)
- The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
- And more
What’s more, we offer expert mold investigations, asbestos surveys, healthy building check-ups, and more! To learn more about how we can help you breathe easy through the COVID-19 pandemic and seasonal allergies, contact our team today by calling 904-803-1014!
We believe in providing solutions that you can trust.