IAQ Consultants of Seattle provides indoor air quality testing for Residential Homes, Commercial Buildings and Schools.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is the measure or measurements of the atmosphere in your home or building. These measurements are assessed against the standards that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided. Poor indoor air quality can result in asthma, headaches, poor sleep, dizziness, weakness, nausea, drowsiness, damage to liver/kidneys, and in extremely rare cases, death.
Our IAQ Services:
IAQ Consultants of Seattle have the experience and equipment to test residences and facilities to quantify chemical constituents within the air, identify source contaminants, and develop protocols to mitigate contaminants. Our onsite screening or longer term assessments are conducted by equipment monitored and calibrated by the industry leader Air Advice and Building Advice. We also conduct specific testing using other specialized equipment for VOC's and bacteria.
Our IAQ Screening and Assessments service tests homes and buildings for:
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that interferes with the delivery of oxygen through the body. CO causes headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, and even death. Potential sources are defective central heating furnaces, automobile exhaust, tobacco smoke, space heaters using fossil fuels, and other appliances that may use fuel in the home. The solution to Carbon Monoxide in the air is to eliminate the source. Learn More
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is exhaled by humans and pets as a natural part of the metabolic process. High levels of CO2 can cause drowsiness and headaches. ASHRAE recommends that indoor CO2 levels not exceed 700 ppm above outdoor ambient levels. The solution for high CO2 levels in the air is adding ventilation. Learn More
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals found in home furnishings, carpets, building materials, paints and lacquers, cleaning supplies, waxes, pesticides, moth repellents, air fresheners and dry-cleaned clothing. VOCs evaporate into the air when these products are used or sometimes even when they are stored. Volatile organic compounds irritate the eyes, nose and throat and cause headaches, nausea and damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system. With prolonged exposure, some VOCs can cause cancer. Solutions for high VOC levels in the air include ventilation and VOC destruction technologies. Learn More
Particulates can induce eye, nose and throat irritation; respiratory infections, bronchitis and even lung cancer. Particulates include asthma triggers and mold. The solutions for particulates in the air include, but are not limited to, filtration and ventilation. Learn More
Temperature and Humidity
Temperature and humidity issues can trigger asthma symptoms and exacerbate IAQ issues including mold, dust mites, secondhand smoke and pet dander, as well as other pollutants in the air. Asthma triggers cause symptoms including coughing, chest tightness, wheezing and breathing problems. Asthma attacks can be life threatening. However, asthma can be controlled by reducing asthma triggers. The solutions for particulates in the air include, but are not limited to, filtration, dehumidifiers, ventilation, radon remediation and/or mold remediation. Learn More
A Healthy Indoor Environment
A healthy indoor environment is one which promotes the comfort, health, and well-being of the building users. Temperature and humidity are controlled within a comfort zone. Normal concentrations of respiratory gases, such as carbon dioxide, are maintained. The air is free of significant levels of contaminants and odors. Also contributing to a sense of well-being are comfortable levels of lighting and sound and appropriate ergonomic conditions.
Ever since the Clean Air Act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1970, billions of dollars have been spent to control dangerous emissions outdoors. Yet indoor air contaminants (especially in our homes and office buildings) may pose the greatest threat to human health. Concentrations of harmful contaminants are much higher indoors than outdoors. Higher indoor air contaminant concentrations can mean higher health risks. According to a growing body of scientific evidence, serious acute and chronic health risks may very well result from inadequate indoor air quality (IAQ).
Proper testing, analysis and remediation of various pollutants in the home and/or office building can result in improved health, productivity and well-being.
Call IAQ Consultants of Seattle to schedule your test today! (206) 406-3482