We here in the United States have certain standards that are deemed safe by our governmental protection agencies. These agencies such as OSHA, the CDC, and the EPA, publish certain guidelines that protect individuals from the health effects that come with poor indoor air quality. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) can be effected by a number of factors: common allergens, mold, radioactive materials, and other things that may be commonly found in indoor settings. Although it may seem impossible to escape the crippling health effects that are caused by poor IAQ, there are many ways to diagnose problems and come up with solutions to better indoor quality for your family and workers.
Common allergens can be a big cause of diminished IAQ, especially for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. These conditions can make someone with perfectly manageable symptoms unable to breath and can make life uncomfortable. Even these very common contaminants can cause a building Indoor Air Quality to suffer measurably. Allergens like pet dander, pollen, and dust mites are measured in microns and can be avoided by vacuuming, thorough cleaning, and moisture reduction can improve IAQ (1).
Mold or fungus is a microorganism that results from excessive moisture in the environment (2). Often excessive moisture can be removed from the air to improve Indoor Air Quality through an improved air conditioning system. Whether you are located in a warm or cold climate the amount of moisture may actually be increased if your system does not dehumidify properly (3). Mold is often looked at as an inconvenience. There are forms that can produce toxins which can be hazardous to human health. If you have any concerns about the status of mold in your home or business, Armstrong Forensic Laboratory, Inc. is a licensed Mold Analysis Laboratory and our Mold Assessment Consultants are licensed by the State of Texas.
All of these issues can come together to harm our health, but it we remain proactive in the maintenance of our buildings, we can help build a healthier place to live. Common allergens and mold can cause us inconvenience if not treated, however, issues like trace radioactivity can be a much more serious issue. Through normal cleaning, proactive sample testing, and general awareness of the issues, we can work to improve Indoor Air Quality in our workplaces and our homes.