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Pros & Cons of Home Air Test Kits Discussed in October Issue of IEC

The founder of IAQ Index™ shares his thoughts about home test kits used to identify indoor air quality (IAQ) contaminants.


In the October issue of Indoor Environment Connections, an article about IAQ home test kits has caught the eyes of many people who suffer from allergies, asthma and other conditions related to poor indoor air quality. “The Pros & Cons of Home Test Kits” discusses various IAQ test kits on the market and how they can be utilized by the public.

One of the article’s main authors is Bruce Jacobs, CIH. Mr. Jacobs is the founder of IAQ Index, a leading home test kit manufacturer. In the article he shared the following, “A well-designed test kit offers the consumer (whether a homeowner, property manager, or environmental professional) many potential benefits; including affordability and accessibility. The test kit is typically priced in the range of one-hundred to several hundred dollars, whereas a hygienist or other IAQ professional would likely need to charge anywhere from two to three times that amount up to ten times. That is, of course, if there are even competent professionals available within a reasonable radius of the area of concern.” He goes on to state, “A well-designed test kit would be one that offers state-of-the-art collection devices, easy-to-follow directions for collecting the samples, analysis by properly accredited laboratories, and assistance from health professionals in assessing the data generated with the kit; combined with affordability.”

Mr. Jacobs has put his 38 years of experience in environmental health engineering and industrial hygiene into the development of IAQ Index. When asked about the science and purpose behind the IAQ Index kits he stated, “These kits were developed as a health-based, easy-to-understand, air quality index that is calculated for the various parameters measured by the items in the kit. These include many of the typical parameters measured during a typical IAQ survey such as carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs), formaldehyde (HCHO), mold, and radon.”

The complete article can be read at:

During the months of October and November, IAQ Index is offering a free radon test kit ($50 value) for customers who order the IAQ Index Basic Kit. To take part in this special offer simply order the IAQ Index Basic Kit at and receive a free radon test kit.

To learn more about testing for indoor air quality concerns, please visit IAQ Index at, email or call (888) 259-3883.

About IAQ Index
IAQ Index was developed by a Certified Industrial Hygienist with decades of experience dealing with indoor air quality issues. IAQ Index was developed as a health-based, easy-to-understand, air quality index that is calculated from data generated for various parameters commonly measured during IAQ surveys. The approach is similar to the EPA’s Air Quality Index that has been used historically to communicate the risks posed by common pollutants in the ambient air.


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