The phrase, “indoor air quality”, encompasses a broad range of ideas, environmental and structural factors, mechanical influences, and occupant activities. The American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has defined acceptable indoor air quality as “air toward which a substantial majority of occupants express no dissatisfaction with respect to odor and sensory irritation and in which there are not likely to be contaminants at concentrations that are known to pose a health risk.” Poor IAQ, whether in a home or building, can create undesired habitable environments. Unfortunately, no easy formula or prescription exists that can effortlessly identify most, if not all, IAQ problems. Elevated particulate levels (such as dust), bioaerosols, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), sulfur dioxide, and ozone are just a few examples of contaminants that can affect the indoor air quality you work or live in.
No matter what your IAQ issue or concern, most issues can be identified with proper testing and thorough understanding of the building structure. Contact Environmental Analytics to help address any IAQ issues you may have.