Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?
The indoor air quality (IAQ) in your building can cause a wide range of health problems, from asthma triggered by inhaling allergens such as dust mites and mold spores, to cancer and infertility problems caused by inhaling common household chemicals. Many issues can be easily reduced or removed. Synergy Environmental Solutions provides an invaluable service for landlords, homeowners and tenants, because our reports provide information that cannot be detected by a visual inspection alone. Acting upon the information provided in your Synergy report will enable you to dramatically improve the quality of the air in your property, creating a healthier environment for all the occupants.
What does the air quality test involve?
Our surveyors will visit your property to measure the concentrations of the substances that cause ill health and identify their origin. This is carried out using a few small sampling pumps, containing special collection media. Our tests focus on the most common air quality problems, which are: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, mould spores and dust mite allergens. In addition our surveyors will measure the temperature and relative humidity in your property.
What are the effects of poor Indoor Air Quality
Carbon dioxide is a gas that is commonly associated with feelings of ill health in the indoor environment. Typical symptoms are drowsiness, headaches, poor concentration, loss of attention and nausea.
Carbon monoxide is caused by the poor combustion of fuels in appliances, such as boilers and fires and is toxic to humans, because it prevents oxygen absorption into the blood.
Volatile organic compounds can be produced from a wide range of sources. The presence of volatile organic compounds in a property can cause a range of problems, ranging from burning and irritation in the eyes, nose and throat, to headaches and nausea, to cancer and nervous system effects.
The main sources of formaldehyde are composite or engineered wood products that contain urea-formaldehyde resins such as particleboard, hardwood, plywood and medium density fibre board (MDF). Formaldehyde is also present in other building products such as flooring, insulation, glues, paints and coatings. Exposure to formaldehyde can result in respiratory symptoms, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen.
Dust mite allergies can occur because of a reaction to tiny airborne particles. Symptoms can include a runny or blocked nose, itchy, red or watering eyes and wheezing. Asthma symptoms can also be made worse by these allergens.
What happens after the Indoor Air Quality Test?
After the test you will receive a detailed report, showing you the concentrations that you are exposed to and the likely sources of the problems. Where appropriate we will suggest actions that you can take to improve the air quality in your property.
Further Information on IAQ can be obtained at the links below
Synergy Environmental solutions are members of IAQUK an independent organisation with the aim of ‘raising the agenda of air quality within the home and workplace’
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