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EPA’s Report on the Environment highlights the need for mold, asbestos and VOC testing

EPA’s Report on the Environment highlights the need for mold, asbestos and VOC testing

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Report on the Environment, we are spending the vast majority of our time inside. In fact, the EPA’s report includes a section on Indoor Air Quality that states, “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors.” The experts at AirMD can help you ensure that the air you are breathing while you’re spend all that time inside is safe. Our services include testing for formaldehyde and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) as well as asbestos and mold inspections.

Why you should be concerned

The EPA says that the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher inside than they are in the great outdoors. The report also says that, “Indoor concentrations of some pollutants have increased in recent decades due to such factors as energy-efficient building construction (when it lacks sufficient mechanical ventilation to ensure adequate air exchange) and increased use of synthetic building materials, furnishings, personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners.”

The EPA’s list of typical pollutants of concern includes:

  • Combustion byproducts such as carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and environmental tobacco smoke.
  • Substances of natural origin such as radon, pet dander, and mold.
  • Biological agents such as molds.
  • Pesticides, lead, and asbestos.
  • Ozone (from some air cleaners).
  • Various volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from a variety of products and materials.

Unfortunately, as the EPA reports, “People who are often most susceptible to the adverse effects of pollution (e.g., the very young, older adults, people with cardiovascular or respiratory disease) tend to spend even more time indoors.”

If you have concerns about the quality of the air in your home or office, AirMD offers an extensive range of professional, science-based Residential Services, including:

EPA’s Report on the Environment highlights the need for mold, asbestos and VOC testing

Commercial Services include:

EPA’s Report on the Environment highlights the need for mold, asbestos and VOC testing

 

By Simon Hahessy | Posted in Asbestos Testing