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The Correlation between Building Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

EMSL Analytical offers air quality testing services and field instrumentation to identify gases, particulates, and microbial and chemical contaminants.

Cinnaminson, NJ – WEBWIRE

Earlier this summer, the Healthy Facilities Institute published “Better Ventilation Pays off in Productivity, Health.” The article examines building ventilation standards that are based on minimum requirements and how increasing ventilation can have a positive impact on building occupants.

Specifically scrutinized in the piece is the role that carbon dioxide plays in the overall quality of the air people breathe indoors. Traditionally viewed as a “surrogate or proxy for indoor air contamination,” the article examines viewing carbon dioxide as an actual “contaminant” that has an impact on health, productivity and cognitive enhancement.

Building ventilation plays a critical role in modern society as most American’s spend up to 90% of their time indoors. In addition to the potential to be exposed to elevated carbon dioxide levels, other indoor pollutants can also sometimes accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort issues when there is inadequate ventilation. These pollutants often include mold, bacteria, tobacco smoke, pesticides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), radon, various allergens and other potential exposure concerns.

“Having healthy air quality in an office, school or home is important for people’s overall well-being and to prevent health concerns associated with respiratory issues, including allergies and asthma,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “To help people maximize their indoor environment, EMSL offers a comprehensive range of air quality testing services for fungal, bacterial and chemical pollutants. We also provide all of the testing supplies needed and carry a complete selection of air monitoring instruments. There is even a line of easy-to-use indoor environmental quality test kits to identify everything from mold and lead to asbestos and radon. Understanding what is in the indoor environment is critical in helping to ensure the air people breathe is healthy.”

To learn more about ventilation, indoor air quality or other environmental, health and safety services and monitoring equipment, please visit, email  or call (800) 220-3675. To access indoor environmental quality (IEQ) test kits, visit

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 45 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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