Healthy Indoor Air
Americans spend a lot of time indoors: in our houses, at work and in school. It is just as important to care about the quality of our air while indoors as it is when we are outside.
According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. There is a wide variety of indoor air pollutants and an even larger variety of sources for these pollutants.
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Suggestions for Improving Your Indoor Air
The EPA Publication "The Inside Story; A Guide to Indoor Air Quality" gives an overview of common indoor air quality problems and solutions.
EPA has a number of other publications related to indoor air quality on their Indoor Air Website.
Finding an Indoor Air Quality Professional
In some cases, identifying and resolving an indoor air quality issue may require the services of an indoor air quality professional. These individuals and the companies that employ them have the necessary training, experience, and equipment to address a variety of indoor air quality concerns.
There are two principal categories of indoor air quality professionals:
Air Quality Certifications
There are several non-profit organizations that certify indoor air quality professionals. Although DEP cannot recommend the services of any particular individual or company, choosing a professional that has received the proper training and certification should help ensure you receive quality services. When selecting an indoor air quality professional, it is important to compare the services (and prices) of different professionals, check references, etc. just as you would for any other product or service.
Each of the organizations listed below has an on-line search feature that allows you to find professionals that provide the appropriate services in Montgomery County.