Monday, April 24, 2017
If it’s Time to Clear the Air, Start with Mold
Airtight houses can mean dirty air for their occupants. In older homes, air leaks through windows, cracks and doorways, undergoing three-to-four complete changes of air per hour. In modern, energy-efficient homes, only half the air is exchanged every hour. People spend up to 93% of their time indoors where air pollution can easily be 10 times greater than outdoor levels. Some say it’s no coincidence that the U.S. has seen a sharp rise in asthma and allergies.
Microbiological contaminants – particularly molds – account for about half of indoor air health complaints. Common molds can grow to toxic levels, triggering allergic reactions, including asthma, as well as sinus infections, headaches, coughing and eye and throat irritations.
Mold can have serious consequences on your health and the air you breathe. Please give us a call to advise you on ways you can improve your indoor air quality.
Furniture, Fragrances, Flooring and “Fluffy” Are Among the Worst Indoor Air CulpritsDozens of everyday items emit gases known as volatile organic compounds. VOCs are bad news. The potential health concerns can be anything from eye, nose and throat irritation to headaches, dizziness and nausea to damage to the liver, kidney and nervous system, leading to costly recurring doctors’ visits and expensive medications.
Our homes recirculate the same air, resulting in a continuous buildup of VOCs. Call us, and we’ll be happy to show you ways to improve the air your family breathes.
Remodeling: How to Get a Better Investment Return
Remodeling your house is a great opportunity for energy-saving measures to be added easily and cheaply. A home energy audit can help you understand where the greatest energy use is occurring and where some of the trouble spots might be. Look for things like a high R-value on home insulation, appliance energy guides and a low U-value on windows. If your project changes your heating and cooling needs, you know we’re just a phone call away. A little time spent can help answer questions and improve your overall satisfaction. Let us help.
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