In our blog, Understanding Sick Building Syndrome, we talked about building environments that make people ill. A critical part of that is the indoor air quality and all of the factors that influence it. In this blog, we’ll go over the three major parts that make up indoor air quality: the air itself, how the air is circulated, and the particles in the air that can negatively impact the human body.
Air Ventilation and Circulation
Ever heard the term “a breath of fresh air?” Proper ventilation and circulation of air play a critical role in the quality of air, especially when it comes to managing CO levels in individual rooms. Likewise, especially in heavily insulated buildings, having the proper air exchange with the outside can make a difference.
Air Temperature and Humidity
Dry or humid air can also have an impact on a building’s environment, as well as temperature. Very hot or cold temperatures can cause aggravation, dry air cause skin and mucus membrane irritation, and humid air causes condensation and promote mold growth (see below).
Lastly, there can be other molecules hiding out in your air, from gasses to particulate matter, that can have a negative impact on the health of people inside the building, some with severe consequences.
- Building Outgasses: As materials in a building are subject to time, stress, and temperature, they may release trapped gas into the building, famously chemicals like radon and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
- Microbes: Microorganisms – living microscopic organisms and the compounds they produce – are very dangerous due to their ability to self-reproduce. In moist and water-damaged spaces, mold can grow and release toxic spores, while viruses can pass from person to person in still air.
- Suspended Particles: Lastly, there is certain types of particulate matter that can remain suspended or are easily disturbed back into the air. This can be things like lead dust from lead-based paints, but most dangerously from asbestos, which causes asbestosis and lung cancer.
If you’re worried about your air quality, especially from mold or asbestos fibers, it’s time to contact the professionals. Fiber Control, Inc. is an asbestos and mold remediation company dedicated to providing the best diagnostic, remediation, and removal services for asbestos, mold, and lead paint in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Contact us today to take a look at your personal or company building so you can start feeling better today.