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How to Test a Home for Fumes

Updated on May 2, 2011

When it comes to the air of your environment, you are what you breathe. Homes should be chemical- and fume-free to ensure the safety of their inhabitants. A variety of known fumes negatively affect clean air quality of a home, including chemical or toxic fumes, oil fumes, paint fumes and mold fumes.  Testing your home for air quality involves paying attention to how you feel and any sudden changes in odor.

Install an indoor air quality room sensor.  Continually monitor the quality of the air in the home and listen for any warnings.  Place the sensor inside an air duct or in a room where you have detected odd odors.

Monitor your health.  Adverse health effects may indicate a problem with fumes or air quality.  Consult a doctor or the local health department if you believe fumes in the home are causing health problems.

Detect odors in the home.  Step outside for a few minutes.  When you reenter the home, take note of the smell and whether or not odors are noticeable.


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