In this article, I’ll tell you where to buy formaldehyde test kits and how to reduce the amount of formaldehyde at your home and improve your indoor air quality.
In recent years, there has been a lot of research concerning formaldehyde and its effect on our health. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, formaldehyde is linked to:
Reducing exposure to formaldehyde at home is of paramount importance for your family’s health. Before we discuss possible formaldehyde sources at your home, let me tell you where to buy a formaldehyde test kit to find out what is the concentration of formaldehyde in your indoor air.
If you want to check the concentration levels of formaldehyde in your home or at workplace, you can order an air quality test kit. It’s especially useful in newly built or newly renovated buildings. Home Air Check offers a variety of air quality tests. Their formaldehyde test covers 2000 sq. ft. (the side of a 1-2 bedroom apartment or a small house). If you’ve got a bigger house, you’ll need to order more tests. So how does it work?
Another way to screen air for formaldehyde and other pollutants is through an air quality pollution monitor. EG Air Quality Monitor will measure the concentration levels of toxic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, VOCs, mold, as well as humidity levels and temperature. Air quality monitors may not be as accurate as Home Air Check testing, as they are not lab-certified, but they may be just enough if you want to use them at home.
The device is portable, so you can place it in different rooms to get real-time results and it can help you find the main sources of pollution in your home. To find the sources of formaldehyde, VOCs or mold in your house, you can place the air quality meter in a sealed plastic bag along with an object or pieces of it (e.g., ceiling tiles). For more accurate results, leave it there for a few hours. This air quality meter is a very useful way of finding and eliminating potential sources of irritation and allergy triggers as well as improving overall indoor air quality.
The last air quality testing option are Air Formaldehyde Test Strips. The strips will give you a general idea of whether the levels of formaldehyde at your home are dangerous. It’s a fast and economic way of finding out formaldehyde levels, and it will provide visual results to let you assess the air quality at your home or office. The test takes up to 50 minutes and it comes with 6-step instructions.
Although these formaldehyde test strips will only show formaldehyde levels in the air (the EG Air Quality Monitor which also shows other harmful substance levels) and the results will not give you detailed results (Home Air Check), it may be just enough to check if the air you breathe doesn’t have a harmful effect on your health.
If the formaldehyde concentration in indoor air is higher than 0.1 ppm (per million parts of air) it can irritate the respiratory tract and trigger asthma-like symptoms. The permissible levels of formaldehyde at workplace are 0.75 ppm over 8 hours, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
It’s worth to have your indoor air tested for formaldehyde as in high concentrations, it can have a negative effect on your family’s health. Taking steps to reduce formaldehyde exposure at work and at home is crucial if you want to improve indoor air quality. Testing for formaldehyde is especially important in new buildings or buildings that have recently been restored, as they may have high concentrations of formaldehyde.
Remember to keep your house well ventilated with windows open whenever possible, especially if you live in a rural area. Using an air purifier can be especially useful in urban areas where the concentration of formaldehyde in outdoor air may be high, so opening the windows may not be the best option.