Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality has a direct effect on the health and comfort of people in the building or closed spaces. Studies revealed that indoor air is much more polluted than outdoor air. It is important to keep indoor air cleaner as it improves cognition and productivity of employees in the office. There will be fewer instances of people coming in contact with airborne diseases and a reduction in the number of triggers for conditions like asthma and allergies.

Poor indoor air quality can have adverse effects on health including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, irritation of nose, throat and eyes, headaches, dizziness and much more.

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Sources of Pollutants of Indoor Air in Companies and Houses

  • Fuel-burning combustion appliances
  • Tobacco products
  • Building materials and furnishings
  • Cleaning and personal care products
  • Inadequate ventilation

Why Should Indoor Air Quality Be Tested?

People spend most of their time in schools, offices or other closed spaces and are prone to pollutants and other particles present in the air. Testing air quality in these spaces will ensure their safety and overall health. Thus, increasing the quality of work and productivity of workers.

Indoor Air quality can be affected by gases, particulate matters, bacteria, etc and its quality can be improved by using filters, controlling source, proper ventilation.

Indoor air quality for households can be improved by cleaning carpets although it also depends on the number of members in family, pets, smokers etc.

Determination of Indoor Air Quality involves processes including air sampling, testing and analysis of the collected sample for various parameters. A major source of indoor air pollution in households is burning of wood, dung, charcoal for cooking purpose.

Indoor Air quality denotes the quality of air inside buildings as represented by humidity, temperature, air pollutants conditions which may affect comfort, health and performance of occupiers.

Frequently Asked Question

  • How can I tell if there is an IAQ problem in my workplace?
    People working in buildings with poor IAQ may notice unpleasant or musty odors or may feel that the building is hot and stuffy. Some workers complain about symptoms that happen at work and go away when they leave work, like having headaches or feeling tired.
  • What is considered good IAQ?
    The qualities of a good IAQ should include comfortable temperature and humidity, adequate supply of fresh outdoor air, and control of pollutants from inside and outside of the building.
  • What should my employer be doing to prevent IAQ problems?
    Employers should be reasonably aware of the possible sources of poor air quality, and they should have the resources necessary to recognize and control workplace hazards.
  • What are the most common causes of IAQ problems?
    Not enough ventilation, lack of fresh outdoor air or contaminated air being brought into the building, Occupant activities, such as construction or remodeling, Dampness and moisture damage due to leaks, flooding or high humidity.