Clean & Safe Air

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is an important part of home performance because it affects the health and safety of your family and the longevity of your home. Pollutants and undesirable moisture levels can come from many sources, including doors and windows, air leaks, pets, occupants, cooking, furnishings, and building materials. Fortunately, indoor air quality can be monitored and improved.

What You Should Know

IAQ can be affected by a variety of contaminants:

  • Invisible gasses such as carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), radon, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Particulates such as smoke, asbestos, smog, and pet dander
  • Organisms such as mold, bacteria, pollen and dust mites

Though not a contaminant itself, moisture can affect your comfort level and foster the growth of microbial contaminants.

  • There are three general ways to reduce indoor contaminants and control moisture:
  • Source control: Eliminate contaminants at the source
  • Filtration: Trap contaminants with a suitable, effective filter
  • Ventilation: Flush or dilute contaminants with clean air

Cost and Lifetime Value

Mitigation Methods and Their Effects

CategoryMethodCondition Affected
Source controlSeal air leaksCO, Radon, VOCs, CO2
Remove/contain asbestossAsbestos
Remove mold/bacteriaMold, bacteria
Eliminate leaks and other moisture sourcesMoisture
Discard expired/unneeded substancesVOCs
FiltrationReplace/upgrade furnace filterParticulates Microbes
Install air purifierOrganisms Detect VOCs
VentilationInstall kitchen and bathroom ventilationMicrobes, Particulates, Humidity, CO2
Vent combustion equipmentCO
Radon mitigation systemRadon

Get Started

If you want to find out more about air quality and your home, the first step is to schedule a phone consultation with a Community Energy Project Advisor. Book a Free Phone Consult