Indoor Air Quality

The air we breathe has a major impact on our health, and given that the average American spends 90% of their time indoors, it’s hugely important to think about indoor air quality (IAQ). 

If you’re worried about the air quality in your Tennessee home, or you’re building a new home and want to make sure it has the healthiest air quality possible, talk to Bruce from Energy Home Basics. 

Bruce is a healthy home specialist and an early adopter of the belief that the buildings we live in have a large effect on our health. From indoor air quality testing to air purification, proper building tightness, ventilation, and more, Bruce and Home Energy Basics help homeowners find the right air quality solutions to keep their families healthy. 

Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Make Your Family Sick 

Some of the most common indoor air pollutants originate inside your home, including cleaning products, pet dander, mold spores, dust mites, and off-gassing chemicals from building materials, carpeting, and furniture. Outside air pollutants like smoke, pollen, radon, bacteria, and combustion by-products infiltrate your home through air leaks, open windows, and on clothes and pets. 

Once air pollutants get into your home, they are sucked into your HVAC system and circulated through your living spaces over and over again. Breathing in air pollutants can cause symptoms like:

  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

Poor indoor air quality can also trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions, and exacerbate existing respiratory conditions. It can also make it difficult to concentrate, and affect your sleep. 

Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home 

In order to maintain healthy indoor air quality, you need to: 

  • Actively remove indoor air pollutants with an air purification system 
  • Keep outside air pollutants out by tightening up your home and installing insulation 
  • Prevent moisture intrusion and the mold growth it causes 
  • Maintain proper indoor humidity levels 
  • Bring in a consistent supply of filtered, fresh air 
  • Ensure all chimneys and combustion appliances are properly vented

There are many components of your home that impact indoor air quality, which is why Bruce takes a whole-home approach to IAQ. He conducts indoor air quality testing to find out what pollutants are in your indoor air and more importantly, where they are coming from. Then, he can recommend solutions to the specific IAQ problems you’re dealing with.

Build Your New Home With Healthy Indoor Air 

When building a new construction or custom home, you have the ability to create an extremely healthy indoor environment from the start. Bruce can help you select building materials and processes that contribute to healthy indoor air, such as proper air sealing, attic insulation, crawl space encapsulation, and more. He can also design a custom ventilation system to ensure optimal air changes per hour, install high-performance filtration systems to keep your indoor air contaminant-free, and much more. 

With an IAQ and green building specialist involved during your home build, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your new home will be a safe, comfortable, and healthy living environment for your family. 

Improve your home’s indoor air quality. Call 865 310 1601 or contact us to talk to Bruce about IAQ testing and solutions.