Indoor Air Quality – Is it really that important?

Did you know poor indoor air quality can cause long term and short term health problems?

That’s right! According to the EPA, the levels of pollutants inside your building can be up to 5 times worse than pollutants outdoors. Yikes!

If that’s not bad enough, the EPA says pollutants can be up to 100 times worse indoors than outdoors!

What Causes Poor indoor Air Quality?

  • Office machines
  • Construction activities
  • Carpets
  • Outdoor pollutants
  • Insects
  • Mildew
  • Mold
  • Furnaces
  • Water heaters
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Pet dander
  • Pet waste
  • Cooking byproducts
  • Cleaning products

If you think you may have poor air quality, please contact us as soon as possible!

Signs of Poor Air Quality

  • Employees getting sick more often
  • Asthma or allergies worsening
  • Urge to open windows
  • Lingering smells

Indoor Air Quality Pollutants

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is said to be one of the most acutely toxic indoor air contaminants. Also known as CO. It is an odorless colorless gas. Sources of carbon monoxide include:

  • Space heaters using fossil fuels
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Defective central heating furnaces
  • Automobile exhaust

Carbon Dioxide

Carbon Dioxide causes the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Functioning at lower levels

Humans are the main source of carbon dioxide inside buildings.

Asbestos Fibers

Asbestos is commonly found in the following materials used in buildings before 1975:

  • Ceiling tiles
  • Shingles
  • Fireproofing materials
  • Floor tiles
  • Heating systems
  • Pipe wrap
  • Taping muds
  • Insulation materials

Asbestos is knowing to be linked to lung cancer, particularly mesothelioma.


High humidity levels contribute to multiple IAQ issues. Common humidity problems include mold, rot and mildew.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds are chemical pollutants. They include:

  • Paints
  • Cleaners
  • Scented candles
  • Solvents
  • Formaldehyde