Indoor Air Quality
To protect people from unhealthy indoor pollutants and to protect the building from heat and moisture, every home needs ventilation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that indoor pollutants can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Those at the highest risk are children, the elderly and the disabled, since they spend most of their time indoors. Poor air quality contributes to asthma, respiratory infections, allergic reactions, headaches, eye and skin irritations, fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. Studies suggest that a person’s ability to perform mental tasks requiring concentration, calculation or memory can be negatively impacted by air quality deficiencies.
What are the causes of indoor pollutants?
Odors from cooking, tobacco products, cleaning products, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria, viruses, fuel-burning appliances, molds & mildew, paints & solvents, organic emissions from carpets, furniture, building materials…the list goes on and on.
To learn more about indoor air pollutants and the symptoms they cause, please go to the EPA’s website at www.epa.gov/iaq/ia-intro.html.
What can we do to remedy the problems associated with poor indoor air quality?
Today’s homes are built much tighter than older homes and don’t allow for adequate air leakage. Proper humidity levels must be maintained for not only a healthy environment but, to prevent damage to the building’s structure. We have the knowledge, experience and products to design and install your ventilation system whether it’s for a new construction project or upgrading your current system.