In previous blog articles we have talked about the need to seal your home so that your conditioned air does not leak out, wasting energy and money. While this can be a real problem for many homeowners, living in a too-tight home can cause its own set of equally important problems.
Multi-paned windows, tighter construction and better insulation allowed contractors to begin building more energy-efficient homes. These were great improvements, but the loss of ventilation created some new issues with indoor air quality. Mold spores, pollen, dander, dust, smoke, viruses and bacteria can all be circulating in the air you breathe.
Carbon monoxide is nothing to ignore!
Since families spend much of their time indoors, the air quality in our homes has a real impact on our health. In addition, gas-burning appliances need air for their combustion process, too. If there is not enough combustion air available, these gas burning appliances can generate some dangerous gases, like carbon monoxide (CO). At low levels of concentration CO can produce flu like symptoms that can be a minor problem. At higher levels, more dangerous consequences can rapidly occur including life threatening events.
So what is a homeowner to do?
HVAC contractors that have obtained advanced training and use state of the art diagnostic tools can take actual measurements of the tightness of your home to determine if it is within safe and healthy ranges. Often times this comprehensive evaluation is part of an overall home performance assessment. If testing shows that improvements should be made, a heating and cooling contractor might recommend one or more of the following:
- Air filters or Air cleaners
- State of the art thermostats
- Carbon monoxide detectors
If you have concerns that your home might be too tight, contact your HVAC contractor to see if one of these products would be a wise choice for your family. For more information about solutions for too-tight homes, contact the experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling.
Kim Nemecek works at 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.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.