Air Quality Testing

Air Quality Test

Indoor Air Can Be More Polluted than Outdoor Air

An indoor air quality (IAQ) test can help determine if the air in your home can cause health problems. These health problems can range from asthma and allergies to migraines and more severe health issues. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to these health issues, it is important to get an air quality test to determine if your home’s air is poor. It is essential to improve your home’s air quality, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. Our air quality inspector tests for

– Particulate Matter (PM)
– Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC)
– Formaldehyde (HCHO)
– Total Air Pollution Level

Air-Pollution

NextDay Inspect® Air Quality Testing Includes

Particulate matter (PM)

Particulate Matter (PM), or particle pollution, comes from outdoor and indoor sources of fine particles. For outside, it can come from vehicle exhaust, power plants, burning of fuels such as forest fires. Indoor sources can come from smoking, cooking, fireplaces, and fuel-burning space heaters.

Particular matter can have harmful health effects to the human body.

Harmful health effects include:

  • Coughing
  • Difficult Breathing
  • Asthmas symptoms
  • Reduced Lung Function
  • Development of Respiratory symptoms or aggravating existing symptoms
  • Aggravating existing heart conditions

Total Volatile Organic Compounds

Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs) are chemicals found in many materials that we use today, such as household goods and products. They are a mixture of volatile organic compounds and impact the air quality in buildings. They can cause serious health issues if not reduced

Harmful health effects include:

  • Irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Internal damage to livers kidneys, and the central nervous system

Formaldehyde (HCHO)

Formaldehyde (HCHO) is a colorless, poisonous, highly water-soluble gas with an obnoxious odor. It is used in the manufacture of disinfectants, preservatives, and hundreds of industrial and consumer products such as adhesives, carpeting, decorative paneling, foam insulation, drapery, fiber and particle boards, and permanent press fabrics. It can cause harmful health effects.

Harmful health effects include:

  • Mild irritation or allergic sensitization in some people
  • Irritation to eyes & mucous membranes
  • Possible nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Respiratory impairment and damage

Total Air Pollution

Air Pollution level refers to numeric values by the air quality index (AQI). AQI values at or below 30 are generally thought of as satisfactory. AQI values between 31 and 100 are generally thought of as marginally poor, AQI values above 100 are generally thought of as poor.

Air Quality Assessments

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

This the air quality within a building structure, i.e. a home or place of work, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Health effects from indoor pollutant exposure may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.

  • Immediate Effects; Some health effects may show up shortly after a single exposure or repeated exposures to a pollutant. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. Sometimes the treatment is simply eliminating the person’s exposure to the source of the pollution if it can be identified.
  • Long-Term Effects; health effects may show up either several years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal.
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Outdoor Air Quality

Local air quality affects how you live and breathe. Air quality can change from time to time. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local air quality agencies provide information about outdoor air quality. The Air Quality Index or AQI is used to provide local air quality; how unhealthy is the outdoor air. AQI can be thought of as a yardstick that runs from 0 to 500. The higher the AQI value, the greater the level of air pollution and the greater the health concern; see the table below.

 

Air Quality Index Health ConcernColors
AQI  range:
    air quality 
color symbology
0 - 50GoodGreen
51 - 100ModerateYellow
101 - 150Unhealthy for Sensitive GroupsOrange
151 - 200UnhealthyRed
201 - 300Very UnhealthyPurple
301 - 500HazardousMaroon

Take a Look at a Sample Report

Get an idea of the format and items that would be listed under an Air Quality Testing Report.