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Question:There are natural sources of VOCs, what are they? How do I avoid them in my air quality monitoring?

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by denissebn_06 | with sarasage May 04, 2021 16:05 | #26488


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@sarasage - you have any thoughts on this? Thank you for sharing!

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Plants, especially trees and fragrant species, as well as decaying plant matter, emit biogenic VOCs. Some species of eucalyptus are known to emit harmful levels of VOCs. NOx, when combined with anthropogenic and biogenic VOCs, produces ground-level ozone. Ozone can aggravate asthma and irritate lungs.

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The second part of your question:

-Do not conduct ambient air tests next to gas/propane tanks or you may get a false positive.

-Do not test near eucalyptus trees (especially on hot days).

-Avoid testing near fragrant vegetation, such as roses.

-Avoid testing near compost piles and trash cans.

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