Home Allergen Test Kit from IAQ Screen Check

Because Allergens and Particulates are More Harmful than You Think

  • Do-it-yourself home test kit detects and identifies a wide range of allergens, including pollen, mould, insect biodetritus (including intact dust mites), fibres (e.g., fibreglass), skin cells and other harmful particulates (e.g., combustion particles)
  • Revolutionary Bio-Scan 400 sampling device is a highly accurate way of measuring allergen concentration levels in your indoor environment
  • Test is easy to do and can be completed in under 5 minutes, with clear step-by-step instructions provided
  • Price includes laboratory analysis and test report, i.e., no hidden lab fees
  • Samples analyzed by the Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab), one of the top microbiology and environmental allergen testing laboratories in North America
  • Test report identifies the concentration of each allergen detected, and provides an expert assessment of their levels (e.g., low, moderate, high) relative to established norms based on 10 years of sample data from EDLab
  • Same test used by indoor air quality professionals, building inspectors and environmental consultants
  • Meets all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) accuracy requirements and includes a Chain of Custody form

SCREEN CHECK ALLERGEN TEST KIT - PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Developed by the environmental scientists at Building Health Check/Pure Air Control Services, an award-winning indoor air quality environmental firm, the Screen Check Allergen Test Kit is an industry-leading product that tests for a wide range of respiratory allergens and particulates, including pollens (pine, oak, plant pollen grains, etc), mould spores and fungal fragments (hundreds of different types), insect biodetritus (including intact dust mites), fibreglass, other fibres (e.g., plant, textile, mineral and ceramic), skin cell fragments, opaque particles (e.g., debris, paint, ash, silica), talc-like particles, black particles (e.g., combustion particles, chimney soot, automobile exhaust, neoprene, printer emissions) and reddish-brown particles (e.g., rust, wood particles).

Like all Screen Check test kits, the Allergen Test Kit is economical, reliable, easy to use and comes complete with everything you need to collect a sample for analysis. The advanced Bio-Scan 400 sampling device included in the kit is designed to collect allergens that have precipitated out of the air and settled on surfaces. Simply take the Bio-Scan 400 test strip out of the case, peel away the backing, press the adhesive side against the test surface (e.g., return air grille, vent, tabletop), reseal the strip and you’re done! Immediately mail the sample to the lab for analysis in the addressed envelope provided (postage is pre-paid if mailed in the US, Canadian customers must affix proper postage).

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Your sample will be analyzed using state-of-the-art equipment by the Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) in Florida, an elite lab that specializes in environmental microbiology, indoor air quality and environmental allergen testing. EDLab has analyzed hundreds of thousands of indoor environmental samples from around the world and provided legally defensible data for expert testimony.   More about EDLab

A test report will be emailed to you within 3 to 5 business days of receiving your sample at the lab. The report will show the count for each type of allergen detected at the test location (in cts/cm2), with a written explanation on each allergen type (including possible sources). The test report also provides an expert assessment of whether your total count for each type of allergen is low, moderate or elevated relative to normal levels based on 10 years of sample data from EDLab. In addition, the report supplies you with a toll-free number that puts you in touch with the experts at EDLab for any questions you may have about your allergen test results.

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Also want to test for dust mite allergens and animal dander? Contact us to special order the House Dust Kit.
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SCREEN CHECK ALLERGEN TEST KIT - PRODUCT DETAILS
Tests For Particulate allergens, including pollens, moulds, insect biodetritus (including intact dust mites), fibreglass and other fibres (both plant and man-made), skin cell fragments, black particles (e.g., from combustion), reddish-brown particles (e.g., rust, wood dust), talc-like particles and opaque particles (e.g., silica, ash).

Note: Allergen test kit does not test for animal dander or dust mite allergens (just intact dust mites). Contact us to order the House Dust Test Kit if you are interested in these allergens. Also, this kit does not test specifically for asbestos.
Collection Method Bio-Scan 400
Number of Samples/Locations
per Kit
One surface sample
Measured In Counts per sq. cm. (cts/cm2)
Detection Limit Detects particle levels as low as 1 cts/cm2 (viewed under 400 times magnification)
Time to Receive Test Results Test report emailed 3 to 5 days after receipt of sample by lab (please allow for shipping time to the US)
Expiry Test kit should be used within 6 months of receiving it and the test sample sent to the lab immediately after the test is completed
SCREEN CHECK ALLERGEN TEST KIT - HAZARDS OF ALLERGENS AND PARTICULATES
About Respiratory Allergens and Fine Particulates An allergen is a biological or chemical substance that triggers the immune system, causing an allergic reaction. The most common respiratory allergens in indoor air are particulates such as pollen, animal dander, dust, mould spores and dust mite by-products, although respiratory allergies can be exacerbated by many other things. All homes and buildings contain these allergens to some degree because they are so prevalent in the air. However, sensitivity to allergens varies greatly between people, with the major determining factors being heredity and the extent of previous allergen exposure (i.e., the intensity, frequency and timing of the exposure).

Allergies aside, there is mounting evidence to show that the chronic inhalation of fine particulates may have serious long-term health consequences. Research shows that the smaller the particle, the more dangerous it is, as ultra-fine particles can travel deeper into the respiratory system where they are more difficult to expel. Not only do these harmful particles end up accumulating in the lungs, but they can migrate into the bloodstream, carrying dangerous toxins that they've absorbed directly to our vital organs.
Indoor Sources of Respiratory
Allergens and Fine Particulates
  • Pollens from trees and plants (mostly grasses) that are carried into the house from outside
  • Mould spores and fungal fragments from mould or mildew that may be growing in damp areas (e.g., around leaks in windows, pipes, roofs), inside walls, under carpets, on ceiling tiles and inside HVAC systems, air ducts, air conditioners and humidifiers
  • Dust mites living in carpets, furniture, curtains, mattresses, pillows and bedding
  • Insect fragments and fecal matter
  • Plant fibres (trichomes)
  • Manmade fibres from carpet, clothing and paper products
  • Fibreglass, mineral fibres and ceramic fibres (e.g., from insulation and soundproofing materials) that enter the house through holes in air ducts, exposed areas in the ceilings/walls or deteriorated liners
  • Talc-like particles, e.g., from talcum powder, mineral-based cosmetics and indoor pesticides such as flea powder
  • Wood, metal and silica dust from home workshops, renovation work, deteriorating building materials and paint
  • Combustion by-products from central heating systems, poorly vented wood stoves, fireplaces, kerosene space heaters, oil burners and candles
  • Diesel particles, soot and other fine particulates from vehicle exhaust and industrial emissions that drift into the house from outside
  • Fine ash and particulates from environmental cigarette smoke
  • Emissions from printers, fax machines, photocopiers, etc.
  • Aerosols produced by the interaction of ozone with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air
  • Animal dander, i.e., saliva, skin flakes and urine (not covered by the Allergen Test Kit)
Symptoms of Exposure to
Respiratory Allergens and Fine Particulates
  • Itchy or runny nose, nasal or sinus congestion, sneezing
  • Coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath
  • Itching, watery or inflamed eyes
  • Exacerbation of asthma
  • Fatigue, dizziness, headaches
  • Itchy skin, rashes, hives, eczema
  • Note that for some fine particulates, there are no immediate effects, with symptoms developing over years of chronic exposure.
Long-Term Health Concerns While most respiratory allergies are not life-threatening, chronic exposure to some particulates can have serious effects on your health:
  • The chronic inhalation of large amounts of dust and other particulates can lead to decreased lung capacity, lung congestion, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema and the development of asthma in children.
  • Chronic inhalation of ultra-fine particles such as combustion particles, tobacco smoke particulates, smog, vehicle exhaust, printer emissions and aerosols has been linked to respiratory illnesses, asthma, heart attacks, strokes, cancer and premature death in people with heart and lung diseases.
  • Long-term exposure to mould is believed to lead to the development of respiratory illnesses, particularly among susceptible groups such as the elderly, pregnant women, infants, children and those with allergies, respiratory illnesses and chemical sensitivities Evidence also shows that airborne mould spores can cause severe infections (e.g., aspergillosis) in people with leukemia, HIV, diabetes or weakened immune systems, as well as in organ transplant recipients.
  • Particles from ink cartridges have been shown to have a genotoxic (i.e., gene-changing) effect on the lungs.
  • Fibreglass, ceramic fibres and mineral fibres of respirable size may be carcinogenic to humans.
  • Chronic exposure to small amounts of crystalline silica can lead to the development of silicosis (an incurable lung disease) and an increased risk of tuberculosis.
  • Long-term inhalation of talc powder can lead to respiratory problems and talc poisoning, and has also been linked with lung cancer in high-risk groups (e.g., talc miners).
SCREEN CHECK ALLERGEN TEST KIT - WHO SHOULD USE THIS TEST KIT
Who Should Test for Allergens
and Particulates
The Screen Check Allergen Test Kit is ideal for:
  • Allergy sufferers who want to determine specifically what allergens are in the air they are breathing
  • People with asthma, bronchitis or other medical conditions that may be aggravated by the inhalation of particulates
  • Those with compromised immune systems who require a pristine indoor environment
  • Potential home buyers who want to ensure that there are no issues with respect to mould, insects, fibreglass, combustion particles and other particulates before purchasing a new house
  • Those who live in older buildings with inadequate or poorly maintained HVAC systems to determine if there are issues with mould or combustion particles that should be brought to the building owner or landlord’s attention
  • Homeowners who have recently renovated their houses to determine if harmful particulates such as wood dust, silica and insulation fibres have been released by the work
  • Office workers who are concerned about hazardous particulates that they may be breathing during their work day
  • Those living close to manufacturing plants, construction sites, industrial areas, farms and major roadways, or in neighbourhoods that rely heavily on wood heating, to determine if harmful particulates are drifting into their homes
SCREEN CHECK ALLERGEN TEST KIT - SAMPLE TEST REPORT
Allergen Sample Test Report Note: All allergens detected at the test location are shown in the test report. Allergens not reported are not detected at the test location, however, they may be present in other locations. Bio-Scan benchmarks/guidelines are in Appendix 1.
Screen Check Allergen Sample Test Report

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Modern Alchemy Air Purifiers is 100% Canadian-owned, operating out of Ottawa, Canada. We proudly serve Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, St. John’s and all points in between. We also ship our IAQ Screen Check home air quality test kits anywhere within the contiguous United States.

To order by phone, or for more information, call: 613-894-0331
Toll Free: 1-877-467-7873
Email: info@modernalchemyair.com

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