Indoor Air Quality Testing
Like drinking water, most of us take indoor air quality for granted, probably because we can’t really see what’s in it. However, we now know that air inside our homes is surprisingly more polluted than outdoor air, and that most of that pollution comes both from internal sources like unflued gas heaters, unvented or malfunctioning stoves, wet or damp carpet, cabinetry made from pressed wood products, cleaning and personal care products, air fresheners and smoking as well as external sources like traffic-related air pollutants, pesticides and pollen.
Some of these pollutants can remain in the air for long periods of time contributing to a whole host of health symptoms in occupants of the home including dry or burning nose, eyes and throat irritation, sneezing, headaches, dizziness, fatigue or lethargy, irritability and forgetfulness, insomnia, hayfever, eczema, asthma and learning/behavioural problems in children to name a few.
Whether you are a facilities manager or landlord with occupants complaining, or you’re at home with a child suffering health symptoms indoors, it cannot hurt to know more about what is in the air you breathe. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Assessment can be carried out to identify the sources of indoor air pollutants in your home or office and provide solutions on how to eliminate or control these chemicals and particulates in order to improve the quality of air that you breathe.
Often times simple and affordable changes in housekeeping practices, purchasing or lifestyle habits can have a dramatic effect on Indoor Air Quality.
What's in the Air that You Breathe?
How do they affect you?
It involves a comprehensive onsite assessment, measurement of main indoor air quality parameters and sampling (if required), including:
Temperature, Relative Humidity, Specific Humidity, Dew Point Temperatures.
Carbon Dioxide & Carbon Monoxide.
Airborne mould concentration levels and identification to genus.
Additional / Optional Parameters:
Particulate matter (PM 10, PM 2.5 and Ultrafine Particulates)
Total Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) - Click here to download a sample VOC analytical report
Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (mVOCs)
What does it involve?
What will you get?
An initial interview over the phone and an online questionnaire to be completed before the site visit.
Comprehensive visual assessment of the site to locate sources of indoor air pollutants.
Measuring of IAQ parameters and sampling as required (determined by the scope of the assessment).
A written report which includes findings from the inspection, a user-friendly analysis of testing and/or sampling results (if carried out), recommendations for improvements and practical suggestions for mitigation – if and when necessary.
A follow up call.
Did you know?
Breathing outdoor air in Australia kills more people than road toll, and indoor air is estimated to be at least five times more polluted than outdoor air.
(BITRE 2017; OECD 2014; The Inside Story 2017).