Why is air quality testing important?
The simplest, most poignant way we can answer that is, “wouldn’t you like to know what you and your family could be breathing?”
Whether it’s air quality testing for your home, or workplace & commercial air quality testing, performing a relatively inexpensive but thorough battery of tests administered by indoor air quality professionals will give you insights and information that could prompt you to make changes for better indoor air.
Read on to find out what could be lurking in the air you’re currently breathing, and how air quality testing can help you identify and mitigate those threats to the safety of your home or workplace.
Indoor Air Quality: The Substances & Pollutants Posing a Threat
When we think of poor air quality, we often imagine smog or haze caused by forest fires, etc. That’s outdoor air quality. But what about what we breathe when we’re indoors?
After all, here in Ottawa, Kingston, Eastern Ontario and across much of Canada, we spend the vast majority (nearly 90%) of our lifetimes indoors.
Indoor air quality is often referred to as “the invisible threat.”
We can’t usually see poor indoor air quality – unless hubby burns the toast again – but the potential for risk is certainly present.
Many substances and materials can pose a threat to our families or our team members in the very air that we are breathing.
Some of the many pollutants that can be found in indoor air – and thus posing a threat or causing degradation to indoor air quality – include:
- Biological Pollutants (e.g. Mould)
- Carbon Monoxide (CO)
- Lead (Pb)
- Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
- Radon (Rn)
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Other Indoor Particulate Matter can also play a role in the indoor air we breathe.
Indoor Air Quality: Causes & Threats
What causes these potentially harmful or even toxic substances to be present in a home or even a workplace?
It turns out that a lot of common items or fixtures in a residence or workplace can affect indoor air quality. This includes:
- Pressed Wood Products
- Second-hand smoke
- Stoves & heaters
- Fireplaces & chimneys
- Vehicles (poorly sealed garage)
Similar issues can be found in workplaces. Of course, for commercial and industrial workplaces, the threats are even greater. But even offices and small businesses can be affected – and homes are a big one, as that’s where we spend much of our time, especially factoring in sleep.
With all this in mind, what can be done to remedy poor indoor air quality?
Indoor Air Quality Testing: First Step to Solving the Problem
Do you have family members or people in the home or building who are struggling with health problems such as low breathing capacity, headaches, allergies, chronic fatigue, congestion, sore throats, sneezing or coughing, nausea, dizziness or other symptoms that persist?
You may very well have issues with poor indoor air quality affecting health.
Even if that’s not the case, let’s say you and your family have just moved into a new home. Whether it’s brand new or was previously occupied, your home could have danger lurking in the air.
In either case, indoor air quality testing is a solid idea that could be very much warranted.
It’s best to find out what you’re breathing!
Our home air quality testing services cover a full range of indoor air pollutants, including air quality testing for:
- Mould & other biological indoor air pollutants
- Radon & Lead
- CO, NO2 & VOCs
… and many others.
The best way to solve your air quality issues – or get peace of mind for the air you and your people are breathing – is to book your air quality testing with Enviropure.
We’re a leader in indoor air quality in Ottawa, Kingston and across Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais. With vast experience and highly skilled tech crews capable of performing thorough and insightful residential air quality testing or workplace air quality testing, Enviropure is the right choice for peace of mind when it comes to indoor air quality.
Contact us today to get a free quote for indoor air quality testing.