Review – Prism Analytical Technologies Home Air Check

(Disclosure: Prism Analytical Technologies started advertising on Asthma Mom three months after this post. The kit was tested and reviewed in good faith.)

This is the third indoor air quality kit I’ve tested. In the first one, I used a vacuum attachment to capture dust and debris from the floor of my test area, and in the second one I collected my sample off the test area’s wall with a special adhesive test strip.

But when I opened up the box Prism Analytical Technologies sent me for review, I found something totally different instead. Its Home Air Check system uses a small pump, like this:

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Using this device is as simple as flipping a switch to run the pump for several hours, drawing a sample of indoor air into that tube. Afterward, I packed up the sample tube and pump back into the same box they arrived in, attached the enclosed, prepaid UPS label, and sent the package back to the Prism labs for analysis of mold levels and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

In comparison to the other two kits I’ve tried, this one’s strength is that it captures an actual airborne sample instead of a wall or floor-based one.

I ran the pump in the eat-in section just off my kitchen since it sits at the bottom of the staircase that goes up to our bedrooms and is central to the ground-floor living level as well. In other words, it’s pretty much the most trafficked area in my house.

My Results

Prism emailed two documents back, an Analytical Report of my sample’s mold and VOC levels, and the Contamination Index of the actual compounds contributing to that VOC count. Plus, I got even more insight into my results through my email, all in fewer than five days.

- Mold registered as less than *Minimal,* not a surprise here in dry, mile-high Denver. I’m sure mold is possible – though not likely – in this part of Colorado, but I haven’t seen any since I moved from humid, mold-prone coastal Florida.

- My sample’s VOC level, however, hit the *Moderate* range and while that’s not great news, Prism sent me both specific information on primary sources of these VOCs and advice about how to alleviate them.

In fact, this whole process has been not only painless and easy but also marked by stellar customer service. Now I just need to see about fixing those two VOC-problem areas. . . .