Indoor Air Quality Background.
The quality of Indoor Air is comprised of a complex interaction of many related factors. “Poor Indoor Air Quality” is often used as a blanket diagnosis to broadly explain a variety of symptoms that occupants may be experiencing. To determine if a building is healthy, or alternatively may be producing complaints associated with Sick Building Syndrome, we consider the wide range of parameters that may contribute to indoor air quality issues.
Indoor Air Quality Parameters.
Abnormal odors indoors are often identifiable indicators of potential indoor air quality complaints. ESMCorp is very familiar with odor thresholds, sources, and have been addressing odor concerns for over 25 years. Sometimes, odors are direct indicators of a chemical hazard. In other cases, the presence of an odor does not necessarily indicate the presence of a hazard, but rather, may provide clues for other building related problems. If you have an odor concern, please fill out our contact form or call Dr. Lynch directly at (856) 764-3557.
Carbon Dioxide & Fresh Air Supply
Carbon Dioxide is an odorless gas that is a normal by-product of human respiration. As such it is always detectable in the air that we exhale. Carbon dioxide concentration in buildings is often one useful indicator of how well an occupied room is ventilated with outdoor air; one essential factor in determining Indoor Air Quality. Many factors impact carbon dioxide levels including room occupancy patterns, HVAC function, use of operable windows, and much more. ESMCorp leads the industry when it comes to testing for Fresh Air Supply. If you have a Carbon Dioxide / Fresh Air Supply concern, please fill out our contact form or call Dr. Lynch directly at (856) 764-3557.
Volatile Organic Compounds, Formaldehyde, or Chemical Contaminants
Volatile Organic Compounds can be released during off- gassing of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers, building furnishings, as well as from industrial and manufacturing processes. ESMcorp has the expertise to know what VOC is present, how to measure it and how to control them. In some cases, VOC levels can be estimated using screening methods. In other cases, special sampling and analytical techniques with laboratory analysis bust be deployed. If you have Volatile Organic Compound exposure concerns, please fill out our contact form or call Dr. Lynch directly at (856) 764-3557.
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless gas that is the byproduct of incomplete combustion. Carbon Monoxide directly effects the amount of oxygen that binds to the oxygen-carrying component of the bloodstream. Effects of low level exposure to Carbon Monoxide may include headaches, nausea, and confusion. Exposure to high levels of Carbon Monoxide may be fatal. Clients often contact ESMCorp if they have general concerns about carbon monoxide in their building or if they have been notified that one of their occupants has been diagnosed by a physician or hospital with an elevated carboxyhemoglobin level. If you have a carbon monoxide concern or require carbon monoxide monitoring in your building, please fill out our contact form or call Dr. Lynch directly at (856) 764-3557.
Temperature and Humidity
Indoor Temperature and Humidity directly impacts on Indoor Air Quality as well as occupancy comfort. Extremely dry conditions may irritate eyes and occupant’s upper respiratory system. Alternatively, excessive humidity can promote the growth of mold on in air handlers and on surfaces. Thermostat settings in buildings can also impact humidity, thermal comfort, and in some cases, fresh air supply. ESMCorp monitors and make recommendations to control temperature and humidity to help reduce temperature and humidity indoor air quality issues. If you have Temperature and Humidity concerns, please fill out our contact form or call Dr. Lynch directly at (856) 764-3557.
Dusts / Allergens
Dusts and allergens are may include a variety of different materials such as pollen, animal parts, plant parts, and non-biological materials. Some chemical compounds including metals, isocyanate, aldehyde and other classes cause or exacerbate allergies. If there is a concern about the presence of allergens in carpets or air, we can often test for it. ESMCorp is has been responding to occupant’s questions about dusts and Allergens for over 25 years. If you have Dust and Allergens concerns, please fill out our contact form or call Dr. Lynch directly at (856) 764-3557.
Mold spores are everywhere in our natural outdoor environment, and can be found indoors as well. Building occupants may present a wide range of responses and susceptibilities to naturally occurring and water-damage associated mold contamination. The experts at ESMCorp are the leaders in making sense out of complicated mold data to determine if airborne mold levels are within normal ranges, or if they are abnormal and remediation is needed. Take a look at our mold page for more information. If you have mold concerns, please fill out our contact form or call Dr. Lynch directly at (856) 764-3557.
Building Related Illness
Often, our clients contact us to help determine if reports of possible patterns of symptoms among building occupants may be related to Indoor Air Quality within a building. As a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Microbial Consultant, and Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor, holding a Ph.D in Public Health, Dr. Lynch is your best choice for assessing air quality concerns and developing remediation protocols. Fill out the contact form or Call Dr. Lynch directly at (856) 764-3557 to discuss.