Pollutants

Test the pollution level before you buy or rent in London

We test the air for following pollutants impacting your health and well-being:

Carbon dioxide – it impacts your health by displacing oxygen in the atmosphere. Breathing becomes more difficult as carbon dioxide levels icrease. In closed areas, high levels of carbon dioxide can even lead to headaches. Higher carbon dioxide levels may indicate high levels of other harmful air pollutants such as volatile organic compounds.

Source: Sciencing.com

VOCs – Breathing VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, can cause difficulty breathing and nausea, and can damage the central nervous system as well as other organs.  Some VOCs can cause cancer.

Source: Lung.org (American Lung Association)

Nitrogen dioxide – causes a range of harmful effects on the lungs, including:

  • Increased inflammation of the airways;
  • Worsened cough and wheezing;
  • Reduced lung function;
  • Increased asthma attacks;
  • Greater likelihood of emergency department and hospital admissions.

New research warns that NO2 is likely to be a cause of asthma in children.

A large new study found evidence that people with lung cancer faced greater risk from NO2, ozone, and other outdoor air pollutants. The 2016 study tracked the air pollution levels from 1988 to 2011 experienced by more than 350,000 cancer patients in California. The researchers found that exposure to these air pollutants shortened their survival.

Looking beyond the lungs, newer research has linked NO2 to cardiovascular harm, lower birth weight in newborns and increased risk of premature death.

Source: Lung.org (American Lung Association)

PM – The World Health Organization estimates that particulate matter (PM) air pollution contributes to approximately 800,000 premature deaths each year, ranking it the 13th leading cause of mortality worldwide. However, many studies show that the relationship is deeper and far more complicated than originally thought. PM is a portion of air pollution that is made up of extremely small particles and liquid droplets containing acids, organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust particles. PM is categorized by size and continues to be the fraction of air pollution that is most reliably associated with human disease.

Source: Anderson, Thundiyil, and Stolbach – Journal of Medical Toxicology