Air Quality

What Are You Breathing?

Indoor air pollution is named as one of the EPA’s top 5 environmental risks to public health. It’s a problem for all types of homes and buildings, regardless of their location (big city or small town), or how old or new they are.  


Studies performed by the American Lung Association, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency indicate that indoor air pollution is two to five times worse than outdoor air and in some cases, pollutants may be even100 times higher. 


On average, each of us breathes in 3,000 gallons of air every day and spend 90% of our time indoors which means we breathe indoor air much more than outdoor air. Inadequate ventilation can aggravate and increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough fresh, outdoor air to dilute indoor source emissions and by not carrying enough of potentially unhealthy indoor air pollutants out of the home.


Alliance Environmental Services (a division of Iowa Lead & Asbestos Safety) can help you understand and correct your indoor air quality issues. Our indoor air sampling can test for as many, or as little, pollutants you choose; radon, mold, carbon monoxide, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particles from furnaces and wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, and common allergens like mold, pollen and dander and dust mites. Our services are strictly limited to environmental testing and consulting, no remediation, so you get an accurate and unbiased assessment.

Alliance Environmental Services is a division of Iowa Lead& Asbestos Safety providing environmental testing, inspection and consultation services across the country.  For additional information, please visit our website. www.AllianceEnv.com

When To Test

Residential

Some indoor air contaminants like gas and smoke are easy to detect because we can smell them or see them.  But, it's everyday household products and activities that cause the most indoor air pollution; cleaning products (even though some of them smell very nice), adhesives, paints, furnishings, cosmetic and personal care items, mold, pet dander, dust mites, dirty shoes, pets plant pollen...the list of what we can't detect is long.  

So, when is it time to have your air tested?  

  • When unexplained health issues such as allergies, nausea, headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, skin and eye irritations go unresolved,
  • After a flood, fire or disaster,
  • After remodeling or renovations,
  • When making changes to your heating/air conditioning system,
  • If your property has been infested by insects, rodents, birds or animals.

Proper ventilation is important.  It helps improve your home's air quality by controlling indoor humidity and airborne contaminants, both of which either contribute to or act as health hazards. 


Top 10 Ways Homeowners Can Ensure Good Indoor Air Quality


If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule testing for your home, we're here to help! Call us at 515-331-1690 or 888-710-1315.  



Commercial

When tenants are complaining of odors or experiencing health issues related to spending time in your building, it's time to test.  The most common complaints are headaches, fatigue, itchy skin or eyes, sinus or nasal congestion and coughing.  If these symptoms disappear when an occupant leaves the building it's a good indication that there is a problem with the indoor air.


Iowa Air Quality services include microbial testing for bacteria, yeasts, molds, viruses, etc., as well as testing for environmental contaminants such as lead, asbestos, radon, carbon monoxide, and more.  We also provide air monitoring and clearance testing for OSHA compliance.


For additional information, contact one of our office, 515-331-1690 or 888-710-1315.