Indoor Air Quality: Why is it a concern?

September 17, 2017

Indoor Air Quality: Why is it a concern?

Indoor Air Quality: Why is it a concern?

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has become an important health and safety concern. A wide range of health problems associated with Poor Indoor Air Quality are:

  • Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)
  • Building-Related Illness (BRI)
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)

What causes Poor Indoor Air Quality

The quality of Indoor Air atmosphere is influenced by several factors like building occupants, maintenance, climatic changes, etc. The IAQ is degraded by several factors like

  1. Improper maintenance of heating and ventilation systems
  2. Contamination caused by construction materials
  3. Increase in number of building occupants over time
  4. Poor Air circulation and inadequate temperature and humidity
  5. Indoor air contaminants - chemicals, dusts, microorganisms
  6. Insufficient intake of outdoor air

Indoor Air Contaminants and their main sources:

 

Contaminants

Main Source of Contamination

Carbon dioxide (CO2), tobacco smoke, perfume, body odors

Building occupants

Dust, fiberglass, asbestos, gases, including formaldehyde

Building materials

Toxic vapors, volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Solvents, pesticides, disinfectants

Gases, vapors, odors

Off-gas emissions

Microbial contamination

Stagnant water and damp areas

Ozone

Photocopiers and electric motors

 

Common symptoms associated with Poor Indoor Air Quality

  • Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
  • Headache, Fatigue and shortness of breath
  • Hypersensitivity and allergies
  • Sinus congestion

The symptoms of Poor IAQ are not very obvious unless the condition is very serious. The quality of Air is undoubtedly a very big concern for a long-term efficiency in livelihood. Good maintenance of building and proper circulation of air can help tackle the poor Indoor Air Quality.

Worried about your Indoor Air Quality? Get it professionally tested!

Indoor Air Pollution Testing Packages

 Package Parameters  Cost
Standard Package Total Dust & 65 Volatile Organic Compounds Rs.2690
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Comprehensive Package Total Dust, 65 Volatile Organic Compounds, Air Movements, Nox, CO2, CO, RSPM, O2, Relative Humidity, Temperature, Total Bacteria Count, Yeast, Moulds, Legionella, Streptococco, Staphylococci. Rs.3990
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All rates are inclusive of sample collection charges and taxes. 





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