Annual Air Quality Monitoring

Annual Air Quality Testing for Better IAQ
Ottawa & Montreal

Indoor air pollution is a big problem, one that’s being recognized by Health and Environment Canada, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and, last but not least, the World Health Organization (WHO).

Given that our indoor air quality directly impacts our health, it’s important to make sure that the places we’re spending most of our time in are free of air pollutants. This goes for workplaces, classrooms, doctors’ offices and stores just as much as it does for homes.

Annual air quality assessments are highly recommended for residential properties, commercial buildings and public institutions to limit the negative health implications of decreased air quality.

Indoor air (a.k.a. ambient air) can be compromised by poor ventilation, off-gassing of furnishings, combustion processes and a number of biological and chemical contaminants.

The following buildings can benefit from annual air quality assessments:

  • Medical clinics and hospitals
  • Schools and daycares
  • Offices and government buildings
  • Nursing homes and retirement residences
  • Shopping centres
  • Gyms and fitness centres

At Mold Busters, we provide an annual air quality testing service, that will provide you with the information you need to maintain a pollutant-free living and working environment. Call us today to learn more.

Indoor Air Quality Is Essential to Good Health
Indoor Air Quality Is Essential to Good Health

What are air pollutants?

There are two main types of pollutants that can contaminate our indoor air: biological and chemical.

Some of the main biological contaminants include bacteria, viruses, fungi (mold and mildew), pollen, dander and dust.

Common chemical pollutants include carbon monoxide, radon, tobacco smoke and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are often emitted into the air as the result of off-gassing furniture, fabrics, paints and coatings.

To minimize the risk of exposure to these toxic contaminants, the ambient levels of many of these pollutants should be monitored regularly.

Poor air quality and health

Exposure to air pollutants can result in immediate, short-term effects and more serious, long-term effects.

Immediate health effects of poor IAQ:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Asthma
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

Long-term health effects of poor IAQ:

  • Respiratory diseases
  • Heart disease
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Cancer

Because every person’s sensitivity to indoor air pollution is different, it is difficult to establish exactly what concentrations or exposure periods produce specific health problems.

However, what is known is that people who spend a lot of time indoors may have a greater risk of developing health problems or of aggravating existing conditions by indoor air pollutants.

Air quality monitoring and routine maintenance

Indoor air quality monitoring is often overlooked. When people don’t see or smell a problem, they often assume it’s not there. However, many pollutants are completely odourless and colourless, so their presence is difficult to identify and exposure is hard to control.

The purpose of air quality monitoring is to:

  • To determine the types and levels of air pollutants present in the indoor environment
  • To identify the source(s) of these pollutants
  • To determine which areas are most affected
  • To improve indoor air quality

Monitoring indoor air quality does not have to mean big or costly changes to your routine maintenance program.

It’s actually a simple and quick procedure that gives accurate results about your indoor air. A series of air quality tests are taken from the most frequently used parts of a building as well as outside (this acts as a control group).

It takes only a couple of minutes to gather the air samples, and the results are ready in several days. A full report is delivered to you, outlining any pollutants identified in the sample and the concentrations in which they are found. Best of all, it’s discrete.

Using the information provided in this report, you can act to reduce the concentration of air pollutants in your indoor environment and promote healthy living.

For more information about annual air quality assessments or to book your air quality test, contact Mold Busters now.