Air Quality Testing

Studies show that indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. What makes it worse is that we all spend most of our time indoors. Indoor air pollution is real. And it is even more dangerous because pollutants present in confined spaces, such as our homes, are concentrated. It is so harmful to the point that 2.2 million deaths are linked to indoor air pollution, compared to 500,000 deaths related to outdoor air pollution.

Symptons of Indoor Air Pollution

INDOOR AIR QUALITY TESTING AND CONTAMINANTS

Testing the presence of contaminants in the air is like walking in the dark. You won’t know these are around until you have your home or business tested. When doing air quality testing, you should always keep in mind the three major types of pollutants you wish to test.

Biological pollutants, which include allergens and dust, you can have checked by allowing Batronix Nova complete an Indoor Air Quality Test and submitting to a certified lab for analysis. Similarly, VOCs or chemical pollutants, which are highly present in furnishings, building materials, and household products.

In addition to residential and commercial air quality testing, the EPA recommends the following strategies to reduce VOC levels:

  • Increase in ventilation.
  • Follow product warnings and directions from household products.
  • Discard unused chemicals. Only purchase when needed and in small quantities.

Carbon monoxide (CO), which is released by gas stoves, fireplaces, and space heaters, installing a CO alarm is not only recommended but required in most states.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY TESTING BY POLLUTANT TYPE

A routine air quality check should be considered essential. There are hundreds, if not thousands of pollutants that are possibly present in your indoor air. Factors like smoking, exposure to a nearby source of emission, and the like affect the quality of your indoor air. There are a few air pollutants that are very common among households.

MOLD

Mold in the house isn’t just a problem for people with allergies or asthma. It is every homeowner’s nightmare. Mold build up causing irreversible damage to your property as it can cause various surfaces such as wood, fabric, and even concrete to rot. Aside from the visible mold you cringe to see, mold also travels through the air and you may not notice it, like any other pollutants. Exposure to mold can cause a stuffy nose, throat irritation, coughing, and wheezing.

When mold is visible, you should hire qualified mold professionals to conduct these test and produce an analysis and plan to attack.

DUST MITES

You may not see them with the naked eye, but dust mites are a real danger to you and your family. Put them under a microscope and you will surely scream! These tiny bugs can cause allergy symptoms like wheezing, coughing, runny nose, and itching. They could also cause skin irritation and trigger asthma. Indoor air quality testing is critical to help discover and mitigate.

POLLEN

During spring, summer, and fall, weeds, trees, and grasses release pollen into the air. Unfortunately, they easily attach themselves to anything, including people and pets and making easy entry to your home or business. Pollen can trigger a respiratory disease called hay fever. Indoor air quality testing can help determine the presence of the types of pollen allergens.

CHEMICAL POLLUTANTS (VOCS)

Every household has a lot of chemical products at home, such as cleaners, paints, disinfectants, and stored fuels which can release contaminants in the air. Since VOC’s are potentially toxic, testing for them is best done by trained technicians to produce the type of analysis needed.

CONCLUSION

Bactronix NOVA hopes this guide has answered many common questions about Indoor Air Quality Test and the associated benefits.

Again, environmental air quality testing is highly important because of the worsening condition of indoor air in every home or business. We hope to be of service to you in thisarena, whether completing a mold inspection report, indoor air quality or spore trap test.

PRIMARY SOURCES OF INDOOR AIR POLLUTION

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