Priority Energy, Indoor Air Quality, IL

Reduce Indoor Contaminants and Breathe Easier!

Our indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air and we spend nearly 90% of our time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  An increasing number of studies shows that poor indoor air quality in our homes, schools and workplaces can have an adverse effect on our health, well-being and productivity.

Priority Energy has compiled data from studies performed by national organizations to help home and business owners become aware of health conditions that have been linked to poor indoor air quality.

Allergies, Asthma and Breathing Conditions

Indoor air pollutants have been shown to exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms or increase the risk of developing respiratory problems.  The following are just some statistics showing how significant allergies and asthma issues are today:

  • Pediatric asthma has increased from 40.1 to 69.1—a 72.3% increase.
  • Asthma is the sixth ranking chronic condition in our nation and the leading serious chronic illness of children in the U.S. (American Lung Association).
  • A 2003 study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology estimated the annual costs for asthma treatment is over $4,900 per person.
  • For people with existing heart problems, exposure to high levels of air pollution can trigger the irregular heartbeats that may lead to a stroke or heart attack, according to a new study (New York, Reuters Health).
  • Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates.
  • Particle pollution, especially fine particles, contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small they can get deep into our lungs and cause serious health problems (EPA).
  • Productivity

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that indoor air pollution, commonly called sick building syndrome, costs businesses $60 billion annually. The issues associated with sick building syndrome are vast and include the following:

  • Occupants of buildings with sick building syndrome complain of eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, dry cough, dry or itchy skin, dizziness, nausea, difficulty in concentrating, fatigue, and sensitivity to odors, according to the EPA.
  • Building-related illnesses include sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, humidifier fever, dermatitis, Legionnaire’s Disease, and Pontiac Fever.

A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) on 12 million workers in office buildings across the United States shows the positive results that have been seen in employee performance after indoor ventilation was improved and particulate levels were reduced.

Results showed:

  • Employee work output was increased by 0.6 to 1%.
  • Sick building symptoms decreased by 10 - 19% in nearly 16 million workers.
  • Absences were reduced by 7 – 10 million days (from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory).

There is a 6% – 9% increase in productivity associated with better indoor air quality.

Contaminants Most Commonly Found in Indoor Air:

Contaminants include synthetic insulation, smoke, paint fumes, dust mites, synthetic carpet outgassing, pet dander, toxic household cleaners, fabric outgassing, natural gas/CO2, construction materials, mold & mildew, carbon monoxide, oil & gas fumes, radon, and formaldehyde.

You can trust the indoor air quality (IAQ) specialists at Priority Energy to assess and improve the safety and quality of the air in your home or building. Call 800-737-2299 to schedule your assessment.

Air Quality Testing

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Priority Energy provides indoor air quality assessments and solutions for homes, offices, schools, hotels, hospitals and other commercial buildings. We assess the four main components of indoor air: indoor temperature, moisture levels, particulates and pollutants.

Moisture/Humidity Testing

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Balancing temperature, relative humidity and airflow are the key components to a safe indoor environment and a comfortable home. By measuring water content in the building shell, wood and concrete, Priority Energy’s indoor air quality (IAQ) specialists can pinpoint the source(s) of the moisture and prescribe options to repair the problem.

Dust & Particulate Testing

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Dust (particulates) in homes and buildings is part of life. It is brought in or drawn indoors from the outside and created from within our homes and buildings all the time. High levels of indoor dust particulates have been shown to exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms.

Odor Identification

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Unpleasant odors can come from many sources in your home or building, and can worsen as temperature and humidity levels go up. Priority Energy will identify the source of the bad smell and recommend the best solution for remediating and/or eliminating the root cause.
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