Oregon Indoor Air Quality Testing
Interested in having your home or business tested for TVOC & VOC’s? Volatile Organic Chemicals.
Total Volatile Organic Chemicals with API Indoor Air Pollution. We will compare your indoor air quality to the outdoor air quality.
Utilizing the latest technology we are able to review the quality of the air you breath.
VOC’s are hazardous. They cause respiratory issues and possible cancer. Building Analyst Group Inc, comes to your home or business to provide testing.
Call or Text: 503-884-4866
The EPA describes common indoor pollutants that might be present in your home or business:
Biological pollutants, like mold, dander, pollen, dust mites, and bacteria
Chemical pollutants, which include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde, and the other chemical pollutants lead and radon
Combustion pollutants, like carbon monoxide and tobacco smoke (incidentally, VOCs and other chemical pollutants may result from combustion)
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are an important class of indoor air pollutants; with indoor concentrations generally higher than outdoors. Formaldehyde is a priority VOC because of its frequent occurrence in indoor air and the serious health outcomes resulting from exposure. Taking formaldehyde as a representative VOC, this chapter reviews the knowledge necessary to develop solutions to indoor VOC pollution. The toxicology of formaldehyde is briefly reviewed. Then the current understanding of VOC emission behavior is discussed, including experimental techniques for measuring emissions, modeling approaches for predicting emissions, and the impacts of environmental factors on emissions. With a comprehensive understanding spanning emission characteristics and toxicology, it is possible to develop effective strategies to maintain indoor VOC concentrations below a safe threshold.
Buildings exist to protect people from the elements and to otherwise support human activity. Buildings should not make people sick, cause them discomfort, or otherwise inhibit their ability to perform. How effectively a building functions to support its occupants, and how efficiently the building operates to keep maintenance and operations costs manageable are important measures of a building’s performance.
Building Analyst Group provides comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) services for new and existing buildings to ensure indoor air quality requirements are met during construction and during building operation. Our comprehensive approach:
Reduces building occupants’ exposure to harmful contaminants and/or chemicals
Increases the ventilation system effectiveness
Reduces contamination from construction/renovation activities
When we think about CO & CO2 we think about gas fired equipment. However CO2 comes from many types of man made devices. Certain rubbers, building materials and chemicals disburse these gases. Even living near a freeway or airport can cause these levels to be much higher than normal.
The only way to analyze these gases is by using scientific meters to measure. We use data loggers to monitor for long periods of time. In addition to health & safety radon testing should also be conducted. EMF is also another suspect in bad air. Elector Magnetic Frequency. EMF could be coming from a nearby power line or the electrical in your structure.
Why is my carbon dioxide level high?
High carbon dioxide (bicarbonate) levels may be caused by: Vomiting, dehydration, blood transfusions, or overuse of medicines that contain bicarbonate (especially antacids).
What causes elevated co2 levels in blood?
Changes in your CO2 level may suggest that you are losing or retaining fluid. This may cause an imbalance in your body's electrolytes. CO2 levels in the blood are affected by kidney and lung function. The kidneys help maintain the normal bicarbonate levels.Apr 30, 2015
What does it mean when you have high carbon dioxide in your blood?
Causes of High Carbon Dioxide in the Blood. ... A high level of carbon dioxide in theblood, called hypercapnia, is usually accompanied by an increase in breathing to help return levels to normal. Acute, or short-term, hypercapnia is generally caused by respiratory failure or diminished gas exchange in the lungs.
What happens when there is too much carbon dioxide in the blood?
Respiratory failure also can occur if your lungs can't properly remove carbon dioxide(a waste gas) from your blood. Too much carbon dioxide in your blood can harm your body's organs. Both of these problems—a low oxygen level and a high carbon dioxide level in the blood—can occur at the same time.Dec 19, 2011
What effect does carbon dioxide have on the human body?
Carbon dioxide in its gas form is an asphyxiant, which cuts off the oxygen supply for breathing, especially in confined spaces. Exposure to concentrations of 10 percent or more of carbon dioxide can cause death, unconsciousness, or convulsions.Apr 19, 2017
Did you know that indoor pollutant levels are commonly 2 to 5 times (and sometimes up to 100 times) greater than outdoor levels, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? Common immediate reactions to indoor pollutants include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. Long-term effects include respiratory diseases, heart disease, and even cancer.
Because Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, indoor air quality is an important aspect of promoting overall health. Understanding and reducing exposure to indoor pollutants can have positive health effects. Our team is here to help improve your home's air quality.
The Importance of Healthy Indoor Air Quality
Reduces exposure to some common asthma and allergy triggers by minimizing pollen, dust, fumes, pet dander, and mold levels in the home
Prevents unpleasant odors
Avoids excessive moisture levels for healthy, durable homes
Promotes safety by ensuring safe carbon monoxide levels with proper operation and venting of HVAC equipment
Ensures safe levels of pollutants and harmful particles
Common Sources of Indoor Air Pollution
Radon from earth and mold growth from high indoor humidity levels are common in many homes. Furniture and building supplies can also release ("off-gas") pollutants, including formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, and toluene, sometimes giving a "new car" or "new carpet" smell.
Building Analyst Group Inc has also encountered high carbon monoxide levels from from heating equipment and gas ranges in some homes. Nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxides are other common indoor pollutants from HVAC systems and gas ranges.
Safe HVAC System Operation
Building Analyst Group Inc is dedicated to promoting indoor air quality and safety. During our safety inspection, our skilled staff test carbon monoxide levels as part of our assessment and promote the safe operation of hot water heaters and HVAC equipment.
Ventilation to Remove Indoor Pollutants
When homes are poorly ventilated, pollutants become trapped in the home. Proper ventilation helps remove pollutants from the home and dilute their levels. Our team follows Building Performance Institute standards to determine if there is adequate ventilation in the home and installs a variety of products for cleaner indoor air.
Many homes have exhaust fans that do not properly vent to the outside, elevating moisture levels that then create mold and mildew problems in the home. Mold testing can help reveal if this is an issue in your home. Building Analyst Group ensures that exhaust fans vent out of the home and that your home is properly weatherized to keep water from entering.
Building Analyst Group installs whole-house ventilation systems and heat recovery ventilators to provide a comprehensive ventilation strategy for your home. These energy-efficient products supply fresh air and seamlessly integrate with your home. We also install whole-house filtration systems, removing indoor pollutants throughout the home.