Myth-busting - 3 common misconceptions about indoor air quality

Myth-busting - 3 common misconceptions about indoor air quality

There is plenty of media discussion surrounding the topic of indoor air quality. There have been countless examples over the past few years of carbon monoxide poisonings and methane gas issues. But even with the discussion about indoor air quality occurring, it is still important to recognise that the general public, and in some cases building professionals, believe in numerous myths surrounding the subject. Because of this, we have decided to dispel a few of the most common ones.

1) Green buildings don't promote better health

This myth is completely false. The simple fact is, if construction companies are building a home or other infrastructure using green materials and products, this will result in cleaner air and better health.

Regarding this, it is important to note that since green buildings regulate temperatures and energy more efficiently, toxic gasses such as carbon monoxide can become trapped. This means that heaters and HVAC systems need to be constantly maintained and tested by professionals.

As time goes on, green buildings are becoming a more cost-effective and more popular option. This means the need for adequate installation and servicing will grow alongside it. 

2) There is no changing poor indoor air quality

This is another myth we have to disagree with. Indoor air quality is affected by several factors and each can usually be managed or changed in different ways. For instance, if a problem is related to a system network, then a professional using a detector should be able to highlight where the gas is coming from. From there, they will be able to find a solution to the problem.

On the other hand, if the problem is structural, then it is possible to remove and rebuild walls or infrastructure to improve indoor air quality. Because this solution may be more expensive, it is highly recommended that you have a professional on board during the contraction to avoid any more costly mistakes.

3) All gas detectors are equal

Professionals investigating indoor air quality have a huge array of gas detectors available to them on the market. Each device includes a number of features such as detecting multiple gasses, water and dirt resistance, alarm systems and data measurements.

Your requirements will differ dependant on the scope of your operations. With this in mind, the wide range of devices available at various prices means businesses of all sizes should invest in indoor air quality.

Testo New Zealand 's has a wide range of indoor air quality detectors. Get in contact with the expert team today if you would like further information on the best solution for your business.