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Clean and Safe Air

iaq-filter-image-300x214Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is an important part of home performance because it affects the health and safety of your family and the longevity of your home. Pollutants and undesirable moisture levels can come from many sources, including doors and windows, air leaks, pets, occupants, cooking, furnishings, and building materials. Fortunately, indoor air quality can be monitored and improved.

What You Should Know

IAQ can be affected by a variety of contaminants:

  • Invisible gasses such as carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), radon, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Particulates such as smoke, asbestos, smog, and pet dander
  • Organisms such as mold, bacteria, pollen and dust mites

Though not a contaminant itself, moisture can affect your comfort level and foster the growth of microbial contaminants.

  • There are three general ways to reduce indoor contaminants and control moisture:
  • Source control: Eliminate contaminants at the source
  • Filtration: Trap contaminants with a suitable, effective filter
  • Ventilation: Flush or dilute  contaminants with clean air

Cost and Lifetime Value

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Mitigation Methods and Their Effects

Category Method Condition Affected
Source control Seal air leaks CO, Radon, VOCs, CO2
Remove/contain asbestoss Asbestos
Remove mold/bacteria Mold, bacteria
Eliminate leaks and other moisture sources Moisture
Discard expired/unneeded substances VOCs
Filtration Replace/upgrade furnace filter Particulates
Microbes
Install air purifier Organisms
Detect VOCs
Ventilation Install kitchen and bathroom ventilation Microbes, Particulates, Humidity, CO2
Vent combustion equipment CO
Radon mitigation system Radon

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If you want to find out more about air quality and your home, schedule a phone consultation with one of our Home Advisors.

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