Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality in and around the home. Poor indoor air quality can contribute to a number of health issues. The indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air. Making sure your home is healthy is more important than ever, considering how much time we spend indoors.
Is someone in your house home because they're sick?
Or are they sick because they're home?
Studies have shown a significant drop in sick days and trips to the hospital if the home environment is healthy. This can affect everybody, but especially the young and old. Having an assessment on your home then insulating and air sealing it properly can have a big difference in the air quality of your home.
These are some of the items in your house or basement that can make it unhealthy:
- Bacteria and viruses
- Carbon monoxide
- Cleaning supplies and chemicals
- Cock roaches
- Dust mites and dander
- Flood and water damage
- Mold and high humidity
- Pet dander
- Scented candles and air fresheners
- Second-hand smoke
- Wood burning smoke
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Most homes are uncomfortable as much from air leakage as they are from poor insulation. A leaky house usually has more drafts and cold spots. There are proven areas of the house that contribute to these air leaks. Our job is to find them so they can be sealed. A tighter home will have fewer pollutants from the outdoors, more comfort and humidity leaking in. Keeping the humidity level within a 30-45% range is important. As high humidity levels can lead to a variety of problems both to the health of the occupants and the building itself.
A house that is well air sealed still has to have proper ventilation. Proper ventilation in the attic is important as it helps flush the humidity out. Kitchen and bathroom fans need to be exhausted to the out of doors to remove pollutants and humidity. You can have a tight house and still ventilate it properly. We want to bring in fresh air where we want and when we want and not have it come in from everywhere.
Serving the Greater Southeaster Michigan Area, including:
Detroit, Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Farmington, Grosse Pointe, Livonia, Macomb, Monroe, Mount Clemens, Novi, Orchard Lake, Pontiac, Point Huron, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Southfield, St. Clair, Sterling Heights, Troy, Warren, Waterford and West Bloomfield