Mold can being to grow in your home under a variety of conditions such as humidity or wetness, by water leaks, spills, or condensation. Spores produced by these molds can cause a variety of health problems, affecting people differently.
This detailed checklist can be used to determine if health symptoms experienced at home are the result of indoor air quality problems, help you to isolate possible sources, and evaluate your home for potential problems even when health symptoms are not present.
New research suggests that indoor houseplants can help remove air-borne toxins and carbon dioxide. 87% of air-borne toxic gases emitted from paints, tobacco smoke, synthetic upholstery, and carpets can be removed by houseplants.
Due to toxins contained in cleaning products, paint, and in other items found in the home, the EPA estimates that indoor air quality is form 5 to 10 times more polluted than the air outside. NASA, in a study on house plants, found that indoor plants can remove toxins and help purify indoor air.
The easiest and least expensive way to remove dust and contaminants from your home and improve indoor air quality is by changing your furnace filter regularly. In addition, running your furnace fan continuously can improve indoor air quality.
Excessive humidity is the most dangerous humidity condition for homes in any climate. Excess humidity provides the perfect senario for the growth of mold and dust mites, and adds to wood rot and material degradation. Low humidity usually occurs in the winter months, causing dry itchy skin, nose bleeds, and a sensitivity to chills and drafts.
Built Green is an environmental building program designed to provide home buyers with durable, eco-friendly homes that are both cost effective to own and to operate. These homes can offer improved indoor air quality through the selection of eco-friendly materials in the home and proper ventilation.
An air leak can result in a 25 percent heat loss in a newly constructed home and a 40 percent loss in older buildings. To get an accurate measurement of your home's tightness, conduct a blower-door test.
any popular household cleaners are expensive and contain toxic ingredients. You can save money and avoid adding these toxic ingredients to your home by instead using common household products for general cleaning.