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Is the Air in Your Home Safe to Breathe?
Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the cleanliness and purity of the air within your building or structure and how it relates to the health of occupants, whether they be residents, employees or guests. Many of today’s homeowners are unaware of the amount of outside air that actually gets inside their homes, most often via cracks and gaps in the building envelope.
With Americans spending approximately 90% of their lives indoors, there’s no getting around the fact that the need for having clean indoor air is something that shouldn’t go overlooked. Fortunately, there are ways you can tell if your IAQ needs attention.
Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality
In many cases, problems with IAQ will be fairly obvious due to a variety of different signs that can pop up. These include:
Musty, “Off” Smells
Indoor air quality issues are especially problematic for those who suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions. If allowed to fester, they’ll only end up getting worse with time.
What’s the Solution?
Determining the best way to address issues associated with indoor air quality can be tricky, as there are a variety of different factors that need to be taken into consideration. This is why it’s always best to work with a home performance expert who can diagnose IAQ issues within your home and help you reach your goal of creating a safer, healthier home environment. The EPA has created a standard called Indoor airPLUS, which helps builders to meet a growing set of stringent guidelines for improving IAQ, eliminating contaminants and improving overall home performance.
Benton Can Help
At Benton Green Energy, our team has been trained to meet Indoor airPLUS specifications and can help to improve indoor air quality in your home, no matter how bad things have gotten. Our team of home performance professionals will conduct a thorough examination of your home to pinpoint any issues that are contributing to indoor air quality. From there, we’ll develop a plan to solve the problem and work with you to ensure that it fits your budget and expectations.
Don’t let poor indoor air quality affect the health and safety of you and your family. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
Scott Kelly, President of Carolina Heating Service
I first ran into Dean at a customer house several years ago. He was doing an energy audit where I was upgrading the HVAC system. Dean had recommended some upgrades to the home which greatly reduced the customer’s utility bill.