An indoor air quality testing service aimed at highlighting ways to reduce exposure to airborne pollutants in homes has launched in London, Birmingham and parts of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Run by the social enterprise Airtopia, the service will offer ‘home health screenings’ which the company says will help to educate the public on ‘low-cost/no-cost ways to improve their indoor environment’.
According to the company indoor air can be as much as two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors, and energy efficiency measures have had the unintended consequence of trapping pollutants inside buildings.
Airtopia offers two home air quality tests at which an analyst will explain the issue and answer questions while taking air samples. Results will be collated and clients will receive a bespoke report about their home with ratings and guidance to help them understand what the tests have shown.
Airtopia has been developed by David Evans, MBE, who is also a director of the Grass Roots Group, an employee and customer engagement specialist.
Commenting on the venture, Mr Evans said: “Airtopian analysts will be available in Manchester next and within eighteen months, there will be an analyst in the constituency of every member of parliament to help keep attention focused on the need for healthy houses in the United Kingdom. We will do all we can to prompt action to combat this very real danger. British families deserve to know it’s safe to breathe in their homes.â€?
Airtopia director of operations, Steve Saxty, added: “Our cars are required to have an annual MOT We’re supposed to see our doctor regularly for a check-up. Shouldn’t we also ensure that the space in which we spend 90% of our time is healthy?
“Our goal is to educate the public on the importance of indoor air quality. Small changes to the way we live in our homes could lead to big improvements to our general health. If we can reduce the number of people going to the doctor for illnesses related to indoor air quality, hopefully, we can create significant savings for the NHS.â€?