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“Does anyone know if DC has any regulations or guidelines about indoor air quality, or any other recourse?”

by Prince Of Petworth February 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm 0


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“Dear PoPville,

A few years ago, our apartment complex in upper NW refreshed the exterior brickwork, and in the process permantly plugged the vents beneath our convectors, which were the only source of constant fresh air other than than a bathroom vent. This is an older 1950s-era building with closed-system heating and cooling in the apartments.

Obviously not a problem when the weather permits opening the windows, but what about the rest of the time? Does anyone know if DC has any regulations or guidelines about indoor air quality, or any other recourse?

I only ask because our IoT indoor air quality monitor is constantly pinging us about abnormal and potentially harmful CO2 levels (sometimes 3000ppm or more). I’m mostly interested and concerned about long term exposure, as I work from home and my partner is part of a sensitive group.

Note, we’re talking about carbon dioxide (CO2) here, not the more dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) which was posted about previously.”

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