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INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Biological contaminants that can affect indoor air quality include bacteria, molds, mildew, viruses, animal dander and cat saliva, house dust, mites, cockroaches, pollen as well as combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.
Some sources, such as building materials, furnishings, and household products like air fresheners, release pollutants more or less continuously. Other sources, related to activities carried out in the home, release pollutants intermittently. If too little outdoor air enters a home, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems.
Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.
-Immediate effects may show up after a single exposure or repeated exposures. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
-Other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.
Many office buildings have significant indoor air pollution sources. These sources include furnishings, occupant activities, housekeeping practices, pesticide applications, and microbial contamination. A factor greatly influencing the effect of these sources and the overall quality of indoor air in offices is the ventilation system design, operation and maintenance. People generally have less control over the indoor environment in their offices than they do in their homes. As a result, there are large numbers of reported health problems associated with office buildings.
Lovell Indoor Environmental can test and diagnose the indoor contaminates in your home or office. Testing and lab sampling by our professionals will provide you the expert results that you require. All clients receive a report from the state certified lab which is read by our certified indoor air consultant and reviewed with the clients.
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