Professional Indoor Air Quality Testing (IAQ)

Indoor Air Quality Testing

Clean and safe air in your home.

Indoor Air Quality is critical to the health, comfort and well-being of building users. Ithaca Health and Environment provides a wide range of professional indoor air quality testing services and advice to ensure that the air in and around your home is healthy.

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According to Health Canada, indoor air quality can be negatively impacted by may things, including:

  • Improper or inadequately maintained heating and ventilation systems
  • Contamination by construction materials, glues, fibreglass, particle boards, paints, chemicals, etc.
  • Increase in number of building occupants and time spent indoors.

Common indoor air quality contaminants include:

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2), tobacco smoke, perfume, body odours – from building occupants.
  • Dust, fibreglass, asbestos, gases, including formaldehyde – from building materials.
  • Toxic vapours, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – from workplace cleansers, solvents, pesticides, disinfectants, glues.
  • Gases, vapours, odours – off-gas emissions from furniture, carpets, and paints.
  • Dust mites – from carpets, fabric, foam chair cushions.
  • Microbial contaminants, fungi, moulds, bacteria – from damp areas, stagnant water and condensate pans.
  • Ozone – from photocopiers, electric motors, electrostatic air cleaners.

Poor indoor air quality can lead to many ill-health symptoms, including:

  • Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hypersensitivity and allergies
  • Sinus congestion
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Our services include:

Professional Indoor AIR QUALITY Testing Services

  • Measuring air pollutants, including gases, particles and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), to demonstrate compliance with health-related and environmental standards and develop solutions to air quality problems.

IMPROVING INDOOR AIR QUALITY

  • Identifying and quantifying pollutants, their sources, health risks and the action required.
  • Dealing with odour, damp, ventilation, radon and other air quality problems.

MINIMIZING OUTDOOR AIR POLLUTION IMPACTS

  • Advising on the design and operation of buildings and ventilation systems to minimize the impact of outdoor pollution on indoor air quality.

INVESTIGATING MATERIALS EMISSIONS

  • Identifying, measuring and minimizing emissions from building components, materials, paints, office equipment, furnishings, combustion appliances and consumer products – measurements are carried out to relevant standards and legislation.

MEASURING VENTILATION

  • Quantifying home ventilation rates for to compare them with standards and requirements for health.