What is indoor air quality?
Indoor air quality is defined as the air quality within and around buildings in relation to health, wellness, and comfort of building occupants. In addition, indoor air quality has become a significant environmental issue due to increased building occupancy, usage of synthetic materials, and modernization of equipment. Poor indoor air quality is a major concern to businesses and workers as this may affect health and productivity.
Why does indoor air quality matter?
Particularly, allergies and asthma are two of common sickness due to polluted air. Particles such as dust and smoke all float in the air and these are gathered by furniture and drapes. By eradicating airborne pollutants, the amount of exposure to the respiratory system is reduced giving asthma and allergy sufferers a huge amount of relief.
The best part of it all is, even those healthy people who have never suffered from asthma or allergy can also benefit from clean indoor air and that is why it is relevant to monitor indoor air quality. Another key point, people spend most of their time indoors. However, most are not aware that indoor air quality has an effect on their health and well-being.
For the most part, indoor air quality should be tested every month to prevent the development and spread of indoor air pollutants. In addition, indoor air quality testing is very important because it affects everyone who enters the building.
What are the contributing factors to poor indoor air quality
Poor indoor air quality can cause various symptoms of illnesses or health discomforts to its occupants for no apparent reason. Over time, an untested indoor air quality will take its toll on everyone. Specific symptoms may include nausea, irritation, headaches, dizziness, chest tightness, skin dryness, and/or mental fatigue.
Moreover, inadequate ventilation, indoor chemical contaminants such as toxins emitted from carpet, upholstery, paint, adhesive, wood product, copy machine, pesticide, and cleaning agent include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including formaldehyde which can contribute to poor indoor air quality.
Similarly, outdoor chemical contaminants from tobacco smoke, combustion smoke, plumbing vents and not to mention the natural and biological toxins such as bacteria, molds, viruses, and pollen can all contribute to worsening the indoor air quality.
What are the sources of air pollutants and its impact on health?
The government is enforcing a stricter implementation and higher standards for building and business owners in monitoring air pollution and increasing awareness of the health risks of poor indoor air quality. As a matter of fact, this implementation is gradually being applied to residential units as well.
In assessing the indoor air quality, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Philippines uses state-of-the-art air testing equipment to conduct indoor air quality testing, monitoring, and assessment by providing concrete measurements of pollutants, with parameters set on detecting the following:
- Carbon Dioxide
- Carbon Monoxide
- Total Volatile Organic Compounds
- Operative Temperature
- Relative Humidity
- Air Movement
- Respirable Suspended Particles
- Light Measurement
- Noise Measurement
- Total Viable Bacterial Count
- Total Viable Mold Count
IAQ Philippines can provide two types of services for assessing indoor air quality:
Real-time measurement – Real-time devices can be used for detection of indoor air pollutants providing information on the variation of pollutant levels any time of the day. IAQ Philippines provides the service of indoor air toxin sensor.
Sampling with laboratory analysis – obtained during the actual indoor air quality testing for offices and residential units. Providing also a complete and full report on the exposure of each air pollutant with recommendations.
Whichever the type of service, what’s important is to identify the sources of air pollutants and reduce its health risks. The measures in keeping the indoor air healthy are introduction and distribution of adequate ventilation of air; preventing the spread of airborne contaminants; maintenance of acceptable temperature and relative humidity. Not only that but it also includes a special attention to moisture control.
Have your indoor air quality tested today by calling at (02) 355-6489 at visiting http://www.iaqphilippines.com to know what are the air pollutants lingering in your office or in your home.