Why Should You Prioritize Indoor Air Quality?
Pollutants in the air we breathe have a direct impact on both our health and comfort. These problems are even more prominent indoors – and many can go unnoticed.
Indoor air pollution can lead to a number of health problems, including (but not limited to):
- Burning nose
- Sore eyes
- Respiratory problems
- Heart disease
- Flu-like symptoms
Levels of indoor air pollutants should be tested on a regular basis.
What We Test
We take a comprehensive approach to indoor air quality testing. Our services are designed to make sure your child care center is 100% safe – and this includes testing for:
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that is near impossible to detect with a naked eye. It can originate from cracks in the foundation, basements, and enter buildings through gaps in doors and windows. Radon testing is required for all child care centers and recommended for all types of other buildings – and we’ll make sure you leave no stone unturned.
VOCs – Volatile Organic Compounds – are extremely dangerous chemicals that oftentimes go unnoticed. Our VOC testing process involves the TO-15 method (and other approved methods) to sample these compounds that may pose a health risk in child care centers and other types of buildings.
Formaldehyde can be found in furniture, carpeting, and other products within child care centers as well as hair salons. The experts at SAKSON use the NIOSH method for collecting indoor air samples to find and evaluate sources of formaldehyde in buildings.
Mercury can be extremely dangerous to human health. As it is found in vapor form, including some gymnasium flooring, and former industrial sites, we will sample and detect sources of mercury early on to make sure the indoor environment – and the people within it – stay protected.
Why Partner with SAKSON for Indoor Air Quality Testing?
At SAKSON, we know the wellbeing of your children is the top concern. That’s why we aim to be 100% transparent in our testing process. When you work with us, you can expect:
Keen Knowledge of Regulations
SAKSON has been providing services to New Jersey child care centers, private schools and other sensitive sites for more than 25 years. We have an extensive knowledge of all the state’s rules and regulations to ensure you stay compliant.
Testing Done Right the First Time
You cannot take any risks with the indoor air quality of your facility - and the health of your children. We promise to conduct complete, comprehensive testing that spares no detail in getting complete results.
We believe clients should always know what they’re getting into when they schedule testing services. SAKSON will give you a quote upfront so there are no surprises down the road.
Conducting indoor air quality testing is not always ideal when children are present. We are flexible to adjust our schedule to ensure testing is done at a time that works for you.
Get in Touch Today to Discuss a Plan for Indoor Air Quality Testing
Frequently Asked Questions
Child care centers built in 1978 or earlier – or are co-owned with nail salons, dry cleaners, or any other potential environmental concern are required to have an Indoor Environmental Health Assessment. This involves a number of air tests to be done, including radon, lead paint surveying, asbestos, and an analysis of any other potential concern. These inspections must be done by a NJDOH licensed provider.
Bad air quality comes in many different forms – some are clear as day and others are completely unnoticeable to the naked eye/nose.
Some of the telltale signs you’ve got poor indoor air quality include:
- Musty or unusual smells that persist.
- Stale/stuffy air
- Clear lack of air movement
- Excessive humidity
- Dirty HVAC equipment
In terms of symptoms, some of the big ones include (but are not limited to):
- Shortness of breath
- Eye, skin, nose, or throat irritation
- Sinus congestion
There are many culprits behind poor indoor air quality. The most common ones include:
- Poor ventilation/lack of fresh air
- Contaminated air being consistently brought into the building
- Dampness due to plumbing leaks, damage, flooding, or humidity
- Particle board products
- Asbestos (older buildings)
There are many different types of indoor air pollutants. Some of the less serious ones include dust, pollen, fabric fibers, and other common household particles. These may aggravate allergy or asthma symptoms, but are not overly dangerous.
Other airborne hazards indoors are not as easily dismissed. These include radon, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, volatile organics, lead particles, asbestos, nitrogen dioxide, and more. Moreover, many of these pollutants are unnoticeable and require professional detection services to catch.
Getting to the root cause of poor air quality almost always requires a professional inspection. This calls for a detailed understanding of the building’s design, ventilation system, HVAC setup, as well as the common activities performed by the occupants of the building.
This depends on a number of different factors – the size of the building, the depth of the problem, etc. Indoor air quality testing can take several days to several weeks to get the results back.
It’s tough to say exactly how often you should get your indoor air quality tested. As you are operating a sensitive site, such as a child care center, you can never be too safe. That said, you may consider testing your indoor air quality at least once a year.
VOCs – or Volatile Organic Compounds – are chemicals that contain carbon and are present in indoor air. VOCs come from all types of sources, including building materials, furnishings, consumer products, dry cleaning chemicals, petroleum products, cleaning agents and more.
VOCs can be completely odorless, and some are known to cause a number of health problems.
Formaldehyde is an organic pollutant containing an atom of carbon, and atom of oxygen, and two atoms of hydrogen. While it is present outdoors, indoor concentrations are much higher. Formaldehyde is commonly found in manufactured wood products using certain resins to glue particles together, hair salons, and even your old high school biology lab.
Formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, throat, and nose. Some consider it to be a cancer risk in certain people. While there is a lot of debate over what levels of formaldehyde are considered dangerous, it’s never a bad idea to get your building or residence inspected.
It depends. Some gasses, such as carbon monoxide are easily detected with a battery operated detector. For more complex contaminants, such as formaldehyde, volatile organics, and mercury, it’s recommended to have a professional take care of this for you to ensure no variants get missed.
Humidity has a huge impact on your indoor air quality. Buildings with high humidity are breeding grounds for pollutants and bacteria. This can lead to issues like breathing problems, allergies, coughing, and so on. However, some contaminants, such as formaldehyde and volatile organics, are present in even low humid environments.