The Environmental Protection Agency says most of us spend over 90% of the time indoors, and that indoor air is usually far more polluted than outdoor air. As you can imagine, this makes things even worse for those who suffer with allergies or asthma.
I spoke to someone recently who said how much she loved being able to have her windows open, she felt so much better. I encouraged her consider testing to look at the quality of the air in her home. While we all enjoy a nice, fresh breeze you should not feel worse when your windows are closed. Your home should not be making you sick!
Some homes have:
- Mysterious black stains or visible mold.
- Lingering or intermittent musty or stale odors.
- Dust marks at air grilles and registers, or furniture that quickly gets dusty again after cleaning.
- Chronic low levels of poisonous carbon monoxide gas, which is odorless and colorless. This one is impossible to see without a monitor or technical diagnosis.
These can be symptoms of polluted, or even unsafe, indoor air. A home performance assessment can pinpoint exactly where air is being drawn into your home and help you determine if improvements need to be made. This is done by using a device called a blower door to place the home under negative pressure. Sophisticated infrared photography and other diagnostic tools are then used to find the problems that are not normally visible.
Perhaps you need fresh air ventilation or improved filtration. Your ductwork may need to be sealed or repaired. There can be unseen pathways to problem areas like your attached garage, basement or attic that may have environments that are not the best. It’s hard to know where to start without knowing what is causing the problem in the first place.
Nearly every one of the homes we have tested has had air infiltration through the garage. Think of all the chemicals stored there, not to mention any dust or dirt. That is not the air you want to draw into your home! Since we spend the vast majority of our time indoors it is important to make sure the air we are breathing is clean and safe, for us and for our families.
Kim Nemecek works for P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. After growing up in Cleveland, she lived in Florida for many years, working at an air conditioning company there. Kim has four grown children, two grandchildren and two spoiled dogs. She lives in Solon with her husband, Todd.
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