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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)


The quality of the air in your home or workplace can affect your comfort and health. The temperature and humidity should be controlled and air should be clean and free of harmful chemicals and smoke. 

Poor air quality can cause a stuffy nose, sore throat, burning eyes, headache, and sleepiness. Other pollutants cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (such as asthma), heart disease, cancer, and other serious long-term conditions. Sometimes individual pollutants at high concentrations, such as carbon monoxide, cause death.

Typical IAQ Concerns

Molds and mildew can grow anywhere there is moisture. Molds and mildew can cause lung problems – especially in people who have allergies or asthma.

Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed in the soil. It can enter indoors through cracks and openings in floors and walls that are in contact with the ground.  Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall.

Formaldehyde is colorless and has a characteristic pungent, irritating odor. Because formaldehyde resins are used in many construction materials it is one of the more common indoor air pollutants. Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and mucous membranes, resulting in watery eyes, may cause headaches, a burning sensation in the throat, and difficulty breathing, and can trigger or aggravate asthma symptoms.

Combustion Pollutants are gases or particles that come from burning materials.

Common Combustion Pollutants

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  1. ›› Carbon Dioxide is a colorless, odorless gas that interferes with the delivery of oxygen throughout the body. Carbon monoxide causes headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, and even death.
  2. ›› Nitrogen Dioxide is a colorless, odorless gas that causes eye, nose and throat irritation, shortness of breath, and an increased risk of respiratory infection.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals found in paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, varnishes and waxes, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, and office equipment. VOCs irritate the eyes, nose and throat, and cause headaches, nausea, and damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Some of them can cause cancer.

Cardinal Environmental offers multiple services to evaluate your air quality.

Indoor Air Quality Services

  1. ›› Formaldehyde Testing
  2. ›› Indoor Air Quality Investigations
  3. ›› Mold Investigations
  4. ›› "Sick Building Syndrome" Investigations
  5. ›› Microbial Studies (including Clearance Testing)
  6. ›› Ventilation Studies
  7. ›› Temperature and Humidity Evaluations
  8. ›› Complaint Investigations
  9. ›› Building Material Review
  10. ›› Sample Collection