Undertaking Indoor Air Quality Testing in the Workplace and Dwellings

In simple terms the quality of the air you breathe can have a massive affect in regards to your health, that’s why it’s in credibly important to undertake indoor air quality testing within your workplace and/or dwelling. It’s not always common knowledge, however, air pollution can occur both indoors and outdoors. Environmental agencies have confirmed that air pollutants in homes and workplaces can be two to five times higher than the air pollution outdoors. Since there are no regular public updates on indoor air quality, testing companies such as Air Pressure Testing can help determine whether the air inside your home and/or office is safe for you, your family, and/or building occupants.

Indoor Air Quality Testing to identify pollutants

Unfortunately, pollutants are everywhere. These are particles and gases in the atmosphere that have the potential to harm humans and animals. Luckily APT has a vast amount of knowledge and experience when testing for air pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde.


Issues with poor indoor air quality

People in the United Kingdom can spend up to 80 percent of their time inside their homes, especially over the colder months, that is why the indoor air pollution in the state is of great concern. Poor air quality poses a health risk to all persons living in the home, particularly children and the elderly. If some of the people you live with have allergies can be elevated by poor air quality that’s circulating indoors or in the workplace. Often this leads to problems with the respiratory systems.

Some indicators that the air quality inside your home and/or workplace is not that good include:

  • Sneezing and coughing.
  • Waking up with a headache or chest/nose congestion
  • Feeling tired and irritable
  • Episodes of sinus, asthma, or other respiratory ailments
  • Irritated eyes, nose, or throat
  • Symptoms appearing when you are in certain parts of the house like the kitchen, basement, or bathroom

When any of the above symptoms become worse in the warmer/cooler months, it may be due to problems with your cooling and heating systems. Symptoms like the above indicate that allergens and air pollutants are circulating inside your workplace/dwelling. As mentioned before, the air pollution in London is often worse indoors, therefore indoor air quality testing is incredibly important part of your testing regime.


APT are Indoor Air Quality Testing Experts

APT Sound Testing has a large amount of experience in the provision of BREEAM Indoor Air Quality Testing services. This ensures we are able to address all elements of Hea 02 ‘Indoor Air Quality. We have supported a wide range of BREEAM projects within the commercial and industrial sectors. These have included hospitals, health centres, laboratories.

Please get in touch with a member of our engineering team today at info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk or 01525 303905 to find out more about how we can help with the indoor air quality testing aspect of your BREEAM development or visit our case studies to review recently completed projects such as The Annexe (Imperial War Museum) and The Heals Building in Central London.