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  • Indoor Air Testing is the process of analysing the quality of indoor air pertaining to the air that is present in the factory, office space, school, hospital, and the personal residence. Clean indoor air that promotes good health is a fundamental human right. Violation of this right ismost significantly observed in unventilated rural or urban residences in countries wherein peopleuse solid fuels (wood, dung, charcoal, crop waste) on open fires or traditional stoves leading toparticulate matter and carbon monoxide often exceeding 100-fold of the recommended levels.
  • Indoor air pollution in such nations has been identified as a major health hazard. Household air pollution is the world’s largest environmental health risk, estimated to
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be responsible for 7 million premature deaths or 7.7% of total mortality according to latest updates by WHO and mainly affects vulnerable populations such as women and children. The United Nations’ Global Millennium Development Goals have advocated clean household energy and reduced solid fuel use for lowering indoor air pollution and associated respiratory illness. Health impacts of indoor air pollutants range from acute to chronic respiratory diseases including lung cancer, asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis extending to cardiovascular diseases such as stroke. Thus, household air pollution is a significant factor affecting quality of indoor air and health of occupants.

  • This problem of poor IAQ is echoed in developed countries as well where studies have shown that IAQ significantly affects health, productivity and performance of building occupants. Indoor air quality issues have arisen in commercial buildings in recent times due to higher incidences of poor outdoor air quality (e.g. smog) and a focus on energy efficiency which has led to tighter building envelopes, inoperable windows, moisture retention in building envelope assemblies and less outside air entering in, that can dilute contaminants. Combustion appliances, building products (such as composite wood, paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, and insulation), furniture,tobacco smoke, cleaning products, toner from printers, air fresheners, adhesives used in building materials, moisture, and occupants are some of the main indoor and outdoor sources of indoor air contamination . Historically, building related complaints or disorders were classified either as sick building syndrome (SBS) or building related illnesses (BRI). In both cases, the occupants were found to be spending significant amounts of time inside poorly ventilated buildings. While SBS represents a primary and more generalized unwell syndrome of acute health or comfort related effects, BRI is recognized as a more specific set of symptoms attributable to indoor environments. For example, SBS symptoms include disorders such as headaches, dizziness, dry throat, cough, watery eyes, etc. while BRI includes more defined, serious diseases such as Legionnaire’ s disease, allergic alveolitis, pneumonia, occupational asthma and even certain cancers. Poor indoor air quality has been found to be closely associated with both SBS and BRI. Indoor air quality also depends on factors such as indoor temperature, humidity, levels of gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulates, ozone, presence of noxious odors and irritants in tobacco smoke, dust, etc. VOCs particularly are chemicals of concern for exposure, and they include known or probable human carcinogens, reproductive/developmental toxins, and systemic toxins with non-cancer chronic effects.
  • Along with chemical origin factors, biological factors such as mold and moisture may be associated with respiratory health effects on occupants. Microbial agents (bacteria and spore forming fungi) thrive in conditions of high humidity, non-circulating air and trapped heat inside building spaces and create mycotoxins and endotoxins that may affect occupant health. Not only that, mold and moisture also decrease efficiency of building infrastructure specifically envelope assemblies. It is now known that better IAQ reduces sick building symptoms of building occupants by 20-50%, incidence of asthma by 8-25%, and other respiratory illnesses by 23-76%, leading to a total estimated savings of about $100 billion. IAQ also has an effect on worker performance- IAQ indicators such as CO2 and VOCs in indoor air, and building ventilation rates have significant, independent impacts on employee cognitive functions, which in turn affect productivity and performance. The ultimate adverse consequence of poor Indoor Air Quality, thus, is on the very output of the companies that occupy such buildings that have poor Indoor Air Quality. Therefore, optimum Indoor Air Quality is of prime importance in today’s time. Design strategies such as increasing ventilation rates by 10 L/s-person have been shown to result in 1-3% average performance improvement, and removing IAQ pollutant sources leads to a 4% improvement in work performance. Therefore, to improve the quality of the air we breathe has become of utmost importance. But, in order to breathe healthy and safe oxygen, one must first check the parameters that are polluting the pristine quality of our natural air.

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  • There are multiple factors causing contamination of air. The presence of pollen, dust, fungi, clean solvents, formaldehyde, paints, and perfume may seem counterintuitive, but these factors are a few out of many causes that impact the air we breathe. To take control of these causes are not entirely in our hands, but what it’s in our hand is to keep this quality of air in check.
  • Anacon laboratories have modern and ingenious testing systems in place that help in analysing the quality of your indoor air and keeps you and your co-inhabitants safe. To generate test reports that are based on the indoor air quality standards, our team put forwards their best practices coupled with their knowledge assimilated in their years of practice.

Tests Parameters To Be Tested For
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Indoor air quality monitoring is not just limited to check the chemicals and toxic gases released from cleaning products and machinery. There are factors that hamper healthy indoor air. In a broader term, healthy air should have adequate ventilation, the contaminants should not exceed after a certain level, the temperature & humidity level should be moderate. To examine further, our comprehensive air quality testing services at Anacon Laboratories check the indoor air for the following parameters:

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Carbon dioxide

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Relative Humidity

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Temperature

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Sulphur dioxide

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Nitrogen oxides

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Particulate Matter

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Formaldehyde

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Oxygen

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Ozone

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Ammonia

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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

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Why Choose Anacon For Air Quality Testing

  • Over the years, Anacon Laboratories has gained a vast experience in assessment of Indoor air quality analysis and testing. Our technocrats are well-versed in rendering services as per the requirement. Our testing labs are equipped with state of art machinery and our analytical services are backed by qualified and experienced staff members.
  • With a team that specializes in indoor air quality testing, Anacon Laboratories can help you in designing and implementing the complete indoor air monitoring program. Our accredited laboratories accurately analyse your samples by providing quality scientific data to enable informed decision making. Be it for a residential apartment or an office/industrial space, our team helps in creating a healthier, comfortable, and productive environment the company and the company’s employees.

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