Is Air Quality Testing Necessary?

Ensuring that only quality air circulates within and around buildings can be a herculean task, especially in a densely populated building. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has attracted attention over the years due to its critical importance in maintaining a healthy population, and so understanding the best ways to prevent and control likely drivers of poor air quality remains a key concern.

As we often spend more time outdoors than we do indoors, we are not immune to changes in indoor air quality, which can be facilitated by air pollutants of chemical origins. Automobile exhausts and living organisms such as mold and pests can also detriment the quality of air we breathe indoors.

The risk is all the more important given that some health effects caused by polluted air may not trigger symptoms immediately after exposure. However, in other cases, symptoms such as headaches, eye, nose and throat irritation, fatigue and dizziness can all occur soon after exposure. Immediate effects can often be treated by moving away from the pollution source, if identifiable. It is also possible to experience symptoms of Asthma after exposure to polluted air.

A confluence of factors determine the chances of experiencing immediate reactions when exposed to indoor air pollutants. For example, age and whether or not an individual has pre-existing health conditions. As individuals differ in their sensitivity threshold, symptoms may also be more prominent in some individuals but not in others. For example, some individuals are particularly susceptible to chemical or biological pollutants when constantly exposed to them.

Air pollution sources are common in homes, schools and offices.

Air pollutants are known to trigger sore eyes and burning sensations in the throat and nose. They may also be responsible for fatigue and headaches. In other cases, pollutants may cause or aggravate respiratory illnesses such as asthma, allergies, cancer, heart disease and other degenerative health conditions.

At high concentrations, individual pollutants like carbon monoxide can impede respiratory function and cause death. Your choice of Air Quality testing option will largely depend on existing dangers and specific situation.

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