Why is indoor air quality testing useful?
The indoor air quality (IAQ) in your house or office can cause health problems. These can range from asthma caused by breathing in allergens such as dust mites and mould spores, to cancer and fertility problems caused by common household chemicals. Sometimes it can be easy to reduce or remove these issues. We provide an excellent service for landlords, homeowners, and tenants because our reports give you information that you can not find by visual inspection alone. Acting on the advice given in your indoor air quality testing report will help you to improve the air in your house or office. This actions will make it a better place to live or work for all of the occupants.
What does the air quality testing involve?
For the test, we visit your home or office to measure the levels of gases or dust that cause low indoor air quality. During the visit, we use small pumps that contain special media to collect a sample of the air. Our tests focus on the most common air quality problems. These problems are:
carbon dioxide (CO2)
carbon monoxide (CO)
volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
dust mite allergens.
We also test the temperature and humidity in your home or office as part of the test. The test takes a few hours from start to end.
What are the effects of poor air quality?
CO2 is a gas that is a common cause of reduced indoor air quality. The usual reason for high a high level of CO2 is poor ventilation. Typical symptoms of high CO2 are drowsiness, headaches, loss of attention and nausea.
Poorly set up boilers and fires cause carbon monoxide (CO). CO forms because the fuel has not burned correctly. CO is toxic to humans because it prevents oxygen absorption into the blood.
Lots of things give off VOCs. VOCs can cause air quality problems ranging from burning and irritation in the eyes, nose, and throat, to headaches and nausea, and even cancer.
Indoor air quality can be affected by formaldehyde. The primary sources of formaldehyde are composite or engineered wood products that contain urea-formaldehyde resins. These can be particle board, hardwood, plywood and medium-density fibreboard (MDF). Formaldehyde is also present in other building products such as floors, insulation, glues, and paints. Breathing in formaldehyde can cause respiratory symptoms, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Scientists believe formaldehyde is a carcinogen.
Dust mite allergies can occur because of a reaction to tiny airborne particles. Symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, itchy, red or watering eyes and wheezing. Allergens also make asthma symptoms worse.
We can also measure many other gases in the air.
What happens after the test?
After the test, we will send you a detailed indoor air quality testing report. This report shows you which gases are in your property and where they are likely to originate. Where we can, we will tell you what you can do to improve air quality. We can send you a copy of one of our reports so you will know what to expect.
Further Information is available below
The United States Environmental Protection Agency – An Introduction to Indoor Air Pollution and Health
The UK Government Post Note
The United States Environmental Protection Agency – Care for your air