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Clearly there are numerous factors that threaten to degrade indoor air quality. However, people are often completely unaware of these issues since air quality is difficult to sense, understand, and interpret. Proper testing, analysis, and remediation of various pollutants in the home or office building can result in improved health, productivity, and well-being. At Habitat Environmental we conduct indoor air quality investigations for a wide range of human stressors, explaining the causes and issues to a customer, designing cost-effective solutions, and even overseeing the cleanup work, if necessary.
Our assessments routinely include the performance of detailed visual inspections of commecial building and residential constructions as well as developing sampling plans for measuring chemical, physical, and biological pollutants according to the working hypothesis
When people are indoors, they are exposed to air pollutants generated from indoor sources and to air pollutants that enter the building with outdoor air.
There is growing public awareness regarding the risk associated with poor indoor air quality in the home and workplace. Because Americans spend approximately 22 hours every day indoors, susceptible individuals are at much greater risk of adverse health effects from chronic low levels of exposure to indoor air pollutants over time. Indoor air pollutants are associated with a variety of diverging health effects, ranging from respiratory symptoms to lung cancer and death.
The building structure and materials as well as other sources in buildings - from invisible dirty air ducts and water damaged moldy insulation materials to unflued combustion appliances, and the use of organic solvents, hypochlorite and ammonia containing cleaning agents, for example - contaminate the air inside the buildings where people spend most of the time.
Emissions from indoor contamination sources in a building are often the primary airborne pollutants. The most common contaminants include:
• High humidity related agents (microbial growth -mold, biological allergens -dust mites, gases -formaldehyde)
• Building material chemicals (pressed wood products, chemically contaminated drywall)
• Furnishings and finishes off gassing (chemical vapors and gases, also known VOCs)
• Cleaners, household products (solvents, pesticides)
• Chemical and biological agents in central heating, cooling, and humidification devices (HVAC)
• Combustion appliances and processes emissions
Sources of Indoor Air Contaminants