What Are Indoor VOCs?
VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds in general are chemicals emitted as gases from solids or liquids. They include a huge variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects. Outside they react with ozone and other chemicals to form smog. However, our concern is with indoor VOCs and their affect on air quality.
Depending on the age of the air conditioning system, mold in your ac ducts and air handling unit can at times be present. This should not be a surprise since an air conditioning system is a relatively wet environment.
Do you have questions regarding electromagnetic fields, cell phones, wireless technologies or smart meters? This article can assist you with an understanding of how your home, workplace or area of concern is affected by these invisible sources of environmental interest.
As part of determining whether an indoor environment is contaminated with excessive amounts of mold and requires remediation, Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) routinely performs both air and surface mold sampling. While there are many types of mold sampling methods, IET has found this approach effective for interpretation in a building.
Major flood damage cleanup after a hurricane disaster is certainly a daunting assignment to take on. The relief efforts can be overwhelming, both physically and emotionally.
Feeling sick at home or in the office? While a number of factors can contribute to your health indoors, it’s important to rule out if mold is the reason. How can you know for sure? Consider what mold exposure symptoms or allergies there are and the possible consequences it could have on a person’s health.
Concern about mold exposure in buildings continues to be a significant issue. The bottom line is that mold has been around for eons and is not going away. It will grow whenever and wherever buildings get wet and materials suitable for microbial growth are present. So what is mold exactly and its effect on buildings? This article provides a general overview on this topic.
[Updated 2019 – Originally posted Sept. 5, 2014]
What is that smell? Odors in a home can originate from a variety of sources, including chemicals, bacteria and mold and these odors may vary from mildly sweet to very unpleasant. Some describe it as a musty odor in their home. Read more
Is a mold assessment necessary before removal takes place? If mold is visible in the home, why have it tested? Valid questions.
There are several important reasons why Indoor Environmental Technologies, Inc. (IET), and published industry standards may recommend that a mold inspection be necessary prior to starting mold remediation work. In fact, many of the better remediation contractors in Florida will not start a remediation project without a mold protocol in hand. Consider four reasons why: Read more
An AC thermostat for a home normally has two fan settings: ON and AUTO. The third, of course, is OFF. The confusion lies in which setting should be used. What is the difference between the two? Does it even matter?