Indoor Air Quality Analysis

Excellent indoor air quality (IAQ) is essential to maintain good health. In North America, people spend the majority of their time indoors, whether it be for work, family life at home or as part of their free-time pursuits. Often, these same people do not realize that health problems can be caused by too much exposure to poor indoor air. In that context, children are more vulnerable than adults, and it should be noted that this could have serious impacts on their respiratory system. Exposure to respiratory allergens at a young age greatly increases the risk of developing health problems as the kid grows. In addition, children are often exposed to various indoor contaminants that originate from building constituents, human activity, and domestic combustion appliances. The air is invisible, it is impossible to know the quality without an air test and laboratoy analysis.

For a number of years, to reduce energy consumption, buildings are increasingly isolated, which greatly reduces air infiltration. In addition, the renewal of air is sometimes insufficient to evacuate indoor pollutants and so it directly affects air quality. If you have recurrent symptoms, such as: tiredness, irritation of the respiratory tract, colds, flu, asthma, otitis, etc., and you have doubts about the safety of the ambient air, it would be prudent to have the air tested to determine if dangerous contaminants affects the indoor air quality.

Here are some clues that you may have air quality problems: buildings not very well maintained over the years, moisture felt or smell of mold or stale, presence of decomposition of organic materials, mold, presence of VOC (Volatiles Organic Compounds Volatile) such as solvents, paints, etc. Air quality testing is then required if you are in one of these situations.

The need for air quality testing

The most common chronic disease for children is asthma, which is constantly increasing and can be attributed to poor indoor air quality. On the other hand, by performing a few simple actions, one can significantly reduce respiratory diseases in children. One out of ten children is allergic to pets and this proportion goes to one in two children (50%) among asthmatics. In this context, it is clear that children suffering from such an allergy should no longer be exposed to pets because allergens are found in the epidermis, in the hair, in the saliva and in the urine of cats and dogs cause or aggravate respiratory allergies.

Here are the main advantages to using our air and materials analysis services: The air samples taken are processed by experts in the enclosure of an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory; All our sampling methods comply with the standards and regulations of the Institut de Recherche Robert-Sauvé en Santé et Sécurité du Travail (IRSST), the Reglement sur la Santé et la Sécurité du Travail, and Health Canada; All samples taken for air testing are analyzed in the laboratory by microbiologists or by professional chemists whose services are selected according to the link between their specific skills and the nature of the work to be done in the laboratory.

In conclusion, health problems can be related to the presence of many contaminants such as asbestos, molds, bacterias, allergens, volatile organic compounds, tobacco or cannabis smoke, the presence of unknown dust, radon gas...