Test Your Nest Home Air Quality Test Kit from IAQ Screen Check

Because Your Home Should be a Safe Haven

  • One of the most comprehensive do-it-yourself home test kits on the market, the Test Your Nest kit detects and identifies a wide range of gaseous and particulate pollutants in your indoor environment
  • Tests for over 50 toxic volatile organic compounds that are commonly found indoors (e.g., formaldehyde, benzene, toluene), and more than 25 rarer chemicals and gases
  • Also tests for a wide range of allergens and particulates, including pollens, moulds, insect biodetritus, fibreglass and other harmful particulates (e.g., combustion particles, talc)
  • Kit includes four separate tests (surface allergens, airborne allergens, formaldehyde and VOCs), with step-by-step instructions for each test
  • Although professional sample collection equipment is used, the tests themselves are easy to conduct – the allergen tests can be done in 5 minutes, and the chemical tests simply involve wearing a badge or leaving it in a room for 24 hours.
  • 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 type of pollutant detected relative to permitted exposure levels or established norms
  • Same tests 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
  • Price includes Test Your Nest Kit (4 tests), loaner air pump, laboratory analysis and test report (i.e., no hidden lab fees)


Developed by the environmental scientists at Building Health Check/Pure Air Control Services, an award-winning indoor air quality environmental firm, the Test Your Nest Kit is an industry-leading product that provides a comprehensive home air quality health check. Like all Screen Check test kits, the Test Your Nest Kit is accurate, easy to use and comes complete with everything you need to collect the necessary samples for analysis. Simply follow the easy, step-by-step instructions for each of the four (4) individual tests that are included in this comprehensive do-it-yourself test kit:

1) Formaldehyde Test. This test accurately determines the concentration of formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) in your indoor air. The patented Bio-Badge in the test kit samples the air from an indoor area of up to 2,800 sq. ft. to measure room formaldehyde levels, or may be worn for 24 hours to measure personal exposure. The test report shows the concentration of formaldehyde (in parts per million) relative to permissible exposure levels.

2) Organic Vapors (VOC) Test. This test screens for over 50 common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your indoor air, including harmful chemicals such as benzene, styrene, perchloroethylene, methylene chloride, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, toluene and xylene. It also tests for over 25 other VOCs, including mould (microbial) VOCs. In fact, no other home test kit on the market screens for and reports on as many individual volatile organic compounds as the Organic Vapors (VOC) test does. Like the formaldehyde test, the VOC test uses the Bio-Badge for sample collection (i.e., measures room levels or personal exposure), with the test report showing the concentration of VOCs that are over the detectable limit (in parts per million).

Formaldehyde and Organic Vapor Tests (Bio-Badge)

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3) Surface Allergen Test. This test detects and provides particle counts 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), fibres (e.g., plant fibres, fibreglass and other manmade fibres), 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). 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, dusty surface), reseal the strip and you’re done!

Surface Allergen Test (Bio-Scan 400)

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4) Airborne Allergen Test. This test detects and provides particle counts for the same respiratory allergens and particulates listed above under surface allergens, however, the counts are taken from an air sample rather than a surface sample. This permits you to take a sample directly at your breathing level and at a different location than for the surface sample (if desired). The air sample is collected using the loaner Evaluaire air sampling pump and an Air-O-Cell container. Simply remove the seals from the Air-O-Cell, attach it to the end of the pump, turn the power on for 5 minutes, turn the power off, reseal the Air-O-Cell, and your air sample is now ready to be sent to the lab.

Airborne Allergen Test (Evaluaire Mini-Pump and Air-O-Cell)

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Once you have completed all four tests, place the 2 Bio-Badges, the Bio-Scan strip, the Air-O-Cell, the loaner air pump and the Chain of Custody form back in in the original packaging and immediately mail it to the lab (affix proper postage). Note that the pump must be returned to the lab undamaged with the samples. By purchasing this kit, you acknowledge that an additional cost of $50 will be charged to you if the pump is not returned or if it is returned damaged.

Your samples will be analyzed using state-of-the-art equipment and a report prepared 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 reports and data for expert testimony.   More about EDLab

A test report will be emailed to you 7 to 10 business days after receiving your samples at the lab. The report will detail the following:

  • The concentration of formaldehyde (in parts per million) relative to permissible exposure levels;
  • The concentration of each volatile organic compound (VOC) that is found to be over the detectable limit (in parts per million), along with permissible exposure levels for each VOC detected;
  • The count for each type of surface allergen detected (in cts/cm2), with a written explanation on each allergen type (including possible sources), and an expert assessment of whether the total count for each allergen is low, moderate or elevated relative to normal levels;
  • The count for each type of airborne allergen detected (in cts/ m3), with a written explanation on each allergen type and an assessment of whether the total count is low, moderate or elevated relative to normal levels.

The report will also supply you with a toll-free number that puts you in touch with the experts at EDLab for any questions you may have about your test results.

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Tests For Formaldehyde:   Presence and concentration of formaldehyde

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs):  Over 50 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are commonly found in indoor air (listed below), as well as more than 25 rarer chemicals and gases (including mould VOCs)
  • Acetic Acid
  • Acetone
  • Acetonitrile
  • Acrylonitrile
  • Allyl Chloride
  • Benzene
  • 2-Butanone (MEK)
  • Butyl Cellosolve
  • Butyl Acetate
  • Butyl Carbitol
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Cellosolve
  • Chlorobenzene
  • Chloroform
  • Cyclohexane
  • Cyclohexanol
  • Cyclohexanone
  • 1,2 Dichloroethane
  • Dimethyl Formamide
  • Dimethyl Sulfoxide
  • Dioxane
  • Dipropylene Glycol
  • Ethyl Acetate
  • Ethyl Alcohol
  • Ethyl Benzene
  • Ethyl Ether
  • Ethoxyethanol
  • 2-Ethoxyethyl Ether
  • Formamide
  • Heptane
  • Hexane
  • Hexone MIBK)
  • Isobutyl Alcohol
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Isooctane
  • Methyl Acrylate
  • Methyl Chloroform
  • Methyl Ether
  • Methyl Methacrylate
  • Methyl-t-butyl Ether
  • Methylene Chloride
  • Pentane
  • Perchloroethylene
  • Pyridine
  • Styrene
  • 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene
  • Tetrahydrofuran
  • Toluene
  • Trichloroethane
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Vinyl Acetate
  • Xylene
The VOC kit also tests for over 25 less common VOCs, including more than 10 microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs) released by moulds.

Surface Allergens:  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).

Airborne Allergens:  Same as the surface allergens test (but from an air sample).

Collection Method
  • Formaldehyde:   Bio-Badge
  • VOCs:   Bio-Badge
  • Surface allergens:   Bio-Scan 400
  • Airborne allergens:   Evaluaire Mini-Pump (loaned) and Air-O-Cell
Number of Samples/Locations
per Kit
  • Formaldehyde:   Bio-Badge measures formaldehyde level in 1 room (up to 2,800 sq. ft.) or personal exposure over 24 hrs.
  • VOCs:   Bio-Badge measures VOC levels in 1 room (up to 2,800 sq. ft.) or personal exposure over 24 hrs.
  • Surface allergens:   One surface sample
  • Airborne allergens:   One air sample
Measured In
  • Formaldehyde:   Parts per million (ppm)
  • VOCs:   Parts per million (ppm)
  • Surface allergens:   Counts per sq. cm. (cts/cm2)
  • Airborne allergens:   Counts per cubic metre (cts/m3)
Detection Limit Detects pollutants as low as:
  • Formaldehyde:   0.002 parts per million (24h)
  • VOCs:   0.002 parts per million (24h)
  • Surface allergens:   1 cts/cm2 (viewed under 400 times magnification)
  • Airborne allergens:   13 cts/m3
Time to Receive Test Results Test report emailed 7 to 10 business days after receipt of samples by lab (please allow sufficient time for the samples to reach the US by mail).
Expiry Your samples should be received by the lab before the expiry date marked on the package (please allow sufficient time for the samples to reach the US by mail).
Sources, Exposure Symptoms
and Long-Term Health Concerns
Who Should Test Their Nest The Screen Check Test Your Nest Kit is ideal for:
  • Expectant parents who wish to determine whether there are any air quality issues in the baby’s room that might affect their delicate lungs
  • People who have been diagnosed with allergies, other respiratory illnesses or environmentally-related diseases and are trying to identify and eliminate potential triggers
  • Homeowners who suspect they have issues with mould, formaldehyde or other indoor air pollutants, as a first response before bringing in costly air quality testing and/or remediation professionals
  • People who suffer from warning signs such as shortness of breath, dry cough, eye/nose/throat irritation, headaches, fatigue or dizziness to determine if these symptoms are related to breathing poor indoor air
  • Those with compromised immune systems who require a pristine indoor environment
  • Homeowners who have recently renovated their homes to determine whether harmful particulates (e.g., mould, wood dust, silica, insulation fibres) have been released by the work, or whether their VOC levels are unsafe due to off-gassing from building materials, cabinets, paint, carpets, etc.
  • Potential home buyers who want to check if the house they are interested in has air-related issues (e.g., mould, fiberglass, combustion particles) that might affect their well-being
  • Apartment and condo dwellers who want to determine if their indoor air is contaminated as a result of poorly maintained HVAC systems in the building or from pollutants that are filtering in from neighbouring units
  • Those living in highly polluted cities, in neighbourhoods that rely heavily on wood heating, or close to manufacturing plants, refineries, industrial areas, construction sites, farms and major roadways, to determine if harmful particulates and gaseous pollutants are drifting into their homes
  • Employees who want to know if they are being exposed to hazardous VOCs or particulate pollutants in the workplace
  • People who are simply looking for peace of mind while at home or at work
Test Your Nest
Sample Test Report
  • Only pollutants in concentrations above the detection limit are shown in the test report. Pollutants not reported are not detected within the limits of the test at the test location, however, they may be present in lower concentrations or in other locations.
  • Formaldehyde Minimum Risk Levels (MRLs) are on page 2.
  • OSHA permissible exposure limits for detected VOCs are on p.2.
  • Benchmarks for surface allergens (Bio-Scan) and airborne allergens (Air-O-Cell) are in Appendix 1.
Screen Check Test Your Nest Sample Test Report

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