Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a measure of the indoor air quality in buildings. IAQ is particularly important when it comes to health and comfort.
Indoor air can contain numerous contaminants, including mold and spores, carbon monoxide and radon, bacteria, viruses, vehicle engine exhaust, asbestos and clay, to name a few, all of which pose a risk to air quality.
Studies have linked poor indoor air quality with both short-term and long-term health effects, from irritation of the eyes and nose to respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer. These health effects can be fatal. Poor indoor air quality has also been linked to decreased cognitive abilities.
Considering that many people spend a large majority of their time indoors, indoor air quality is of critical concern for not only households but also workplaces, commercial buildings, and other public spaces, such as schools and medical facilities.
With all of that said, you may find yourself wondering about the state of the air quality in your particular industry. How, exactly, is indoor air quality measured? Take a look below.
How Is Indoor Air Quality Measured?
Typically, indoor air quality is measured by professionals who have the tools to be able to detect a range of potential contaminants. Business owners will typically consult professionals in the event that they suspect their property has poor air quality.
Many property owners may also choose the DIY route of measuring indoor air quality. In this case, they would need a VOC (volatile organic compounds) sensor, which will detect the presence of VOCs, such as formaldehyde and ketones, all of which have adverse health outcomes, including liver and kidney damage and cancer. A carbon dioxide meter should also be used alongside the VOC sensor to test carbon dioxide levels in the home. A concentration of 1.0 to 10 PPM would produce some health effects while a concentration of 10 PPM or higher would cause more serious problems.
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