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Are You Breathing Contaminated Air?

Posted by Kim Nemecek on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 @ 01:52 PM

Are you breathing good air? Studies show that in the average home more than half of the incoming air first passes through an attached garage, crawlspace, basement or attic. Those areas are not known for having the highest air quality! This is one reason that indoor air is usually far more polluted than outdoor air.

As that air passes through those spaces it can pick up pollutants like:

  • how is your indoor air qualityAutomobile exhaust
  • Insulation fibers
  • Mold spores
  • Carbon monoxide or radon gas
  • Pest droppings
  • Dust
  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from chemicals stored in those areas

Pollutants like these can have a negative effect on your family’s health and safety. So what’s a homeowner to do?

An Infiltrometer (or Blower Door) test can pinpoint where your home’s air leaks are and can provide the needed guidance on how to fix them. Once identified, many leaks can be easily repaired by homeowners as weekend projects. Others, like leaky ductwork, are better done by a professional heating and cooling contractor.

Locating and sealing the leaks that are letting contaminated air into your home can make a big improvement in your indoor air quality. This healthier environment for your family might even pay for itself through lower heating and cooling bills, because less outdoor air is being drawn into your home.

For more information about Home Performance Assessments using an Infiltrometer, contact the experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. If you have used this testing to make improvements in your home, let us know. We would be happy to share your real-life experience in our blog.

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Paul WadsworthKim 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.

Topics: ductwork, carbon monoxide, energy bills, indoor air quality

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