Need a New Year’s Resolution? How about Improving Your Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality is something that most people don’t think about on a regular basis. It can’t be seen or felt, and poor-quality air often goes unnoticed by homeowners. Just because we can’t always tell if the quality of our air is acceptable doesn’t mean there aren’t issues at play, however, poor-quality air can result in a number of potential health problems. This is especially true for children and the elderly, both of which are groups that are particularly susceptible to illness relating from poor-quality air.
Getting to the Source
As with anything else, remedying poor air quality requires you to get down to the source and determine what is actually causing the problem in the first place. There are a number of factors that can affect air quality, with the following being just a few common examples —
Improper Mechanical Venting
Venting of heating and cooling systems can have a huge impact on air quality. When things work properly, noxious air is directed outdoors and does not enter into the living area of a home. If an issue exists, however, this air can enter the home, creating an environment that is downright unsafe.
Many people are unfamiliar with the concept of the stack effect, which can play into poor air quality quite easily. This occurs when cold and sometime musty air enters in the basement and crawlspaces to replace the hot escaping air from the attic. This is not the air you want you and your children breathing.
High VOC Substances
VOCs certainly have a bad name at this point in time, and for good reason — they can contribute to poor and dangerous air quality. High VOC counts can be found in certain paints, solvents and carpets, and these are just a few examples of many different potential sources. VOCs are especially problematic in older homes.
There’s nothing wrong with cooking at home, but if you don’t have the proper appliances in place, you could be contributing to poor air quality in your home. Searing a steak without a range hood, for example, can fill a home with noxious particulates in no time flat. As one might expect, this isn’t exactly the healthiest air to be breathing.
National’s “Whole Home” Approach to Indoor Air Quality
At National, we take a “whole home” approach to ensure that indoor air quality in your home doesn’t suffer and that you and your family are kept safe. We can help you to stamp out some of the more common influencing factors on air quality by taking the following (and many more) steps —
- Replacing high VOC substances with safer alternatives and making sure those solvents are kept outside of the home.
- Air sealing in basements and attics to prevent stack effect
- Installing a range hood if you don’t already have one
- Sealing ducts
- Conducting an energy audit to uncover other sources of poor indoor air quality
An energy audit is crucial for all Cincinnati residents and can help you to pinpoint exactly what’s going wrong within your home. For more information, contact us today to learn more about the services we provide.