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What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?


When people think of air quality, they think of the many pollutants and allergens found outdoors. Whether the poor indoor air quality is visible (the pollen that’s coating their car) or invisible (microscopic allergens floating in the air), the results are usually felt in minutes – sometimes seconds. Itchy eyes, sneezing, congestion, and difficulty breathing. While prescription and over-the-counter medication help relieve the effects of poor outdoor air quality, the best solution is to stay indoors as much as possible.


Or is it?


Unfortunately indoor air quality is often rife with many of the same pollutants and allergens found outside. In some cases, they may be worse. Since we spend a lot of our days and nights at work and home, it’s important that the indoor air we breathe is of better quality. While we can’t control the air outside, there are ways we can improve the air we breathe indoors.


In the following article, we’ll explore some of the factors that harm indoor air quality and what steps can be taken to improve indoor air quality.

What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Prolonged exposure to poor air quality at home, school, or the workplace is detrimental to health and wellness. If you, your family, or coworkers are experiencing chronic symptoms such as red, itchy eyes, headaches, congestion, nausea, tiredness, or trouble breathing while indoors, then there’s a strong possibility that indoor air quality is affected by pollutants.

What causes these pollutants to infiltrate our indoor air? Some of the most common pollutants are everyday elements like dust, pollen, mold, and mildew. Other times, indoor air quality is negatively impacted by more severe elements.


Secondhand smoke from tobacco products can cause or aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions. Radon gas, a very dangerous pollutant caused by naturally decaying uranium found in soil, enters homes and buildings through cracks in walls and foundations.


Perhaps the most serious indoor air pollutants are combustion pollutants such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. These dangerous and sometimes life-threatening gases often affect indoor air quality via improperly vented or malfunctioning furnaces, gas stoves, dryers, hot water heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves.


As you can see, poor indoor air quality is not just a nuisance – it can be harmful and sometimes even fatal if the proper steps are not taken to improve it.


How can you improve your indoor air quality? Trusting a trained IAQ specialist is your best bet!

How IAQ Specialists Help

Since improving indoor air quality standards is vital to health and wellness, you should not trust just anyone to take the necessary steps. You need trained, certified, and experienced IAQ specialists for the job. FloodCo USA has the best IAQ specialists in the New Jersey area.


Our IAQ specialists arrive on the scene with state-of-the-art equipment ready to serve you. First, they’ll conduct the necessary tests for evaluating your home or workplace’s air quality, including particle, gas, chemical, and humidity tests. They’ll perform these same tests in your outdoor surroundings to ensure that the poor air quality is due to a ventilation problem.

Next, our technicians speak with your family or coworkers to take a history of any symptoms they have experienced and compare them to the various air quality test results. This information lays the foundation for the IAQ specialists’ action plan.


If the tests and symptoms reveal a severe infiltration of harmful pollutants, our IAQ specialists take immediate action to introduce temporary air remediation. This helps quickly clear the indoor air of these damaging pollutants. Once the harmful pollutant levels are reduced, the IAQ specialists then install the necessary equipment to permanently remove and reduce these pollutants. This equipment may include humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air purifiers equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.


If your household or workplace is experiencing symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality, it’s time to contact FloodCoUSA. Our trained and highly qualified IAQ specialists are ready to help your family and coworkers breathe better air – and give you peace of mind.

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