Asthma? Allergies? A Home Performance Upgrade May Help.
By POWERSMITH | Published: December 10th, 2013
Cold weather is upon us on Long Island. As we gear up for winter, when we'll all be spending more time in our homes, it's a good time to start thinking about indoor air quality.
Now, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but it's an unfortunate fact that the EPA ranks poor indoor air quality among the top 5 environmental threats to public health! Even worse, most homeowners are blissfully unaware that the air inside their homes could be posing a health risk to their families - asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems included. Addressing the indoor air quality in your home should thus be a top priority for families in the winter months.
Indoor Air Quality: An Invisible Problem
Mold and mildew stemming from moisture and humidity problems in the home that you may not be aware of; inadequate ventilation; contaminants from building materials and other chemicals within the home -- these are all potential sources of potential indoor air quality problems in the typical North American house. Oil heat can also create indoor air quality problems in certain situations, such as when an oil furnace is old and in poor condition, causing it to release soot into the air -- another reason oil to gas conversions are becoming increasingly popular on Long Island.
And that's not to mention the pollen, dust, allergens and other contaminants that are free to enter a leaky, inefficient home from the outside. A properly defined building envelope (a component of a good home performance upgrade) will keep the air inside your home cleaner and healthier for you and your family.
What Does Home Performance Have to Do with Indoor Air Quality?
When most people think about ways to deal with respiratory problems like asthma and allergies, the logical first step is to see a doctor. And often the second step is to find appropriate medications to allay the symptoms of these issues. Unfortunately, the issue of indoor air quality is often overlooked.
While we certainly would not want to dissuade anyone suffering from asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues from following a standard medical course of action, we would recommend looking at indoor air quality as an additional measure that may be highly effective in reducing the risk of these conditions.
Following a free, comprehensive home energy audit, Powersmith will tighten your home's building envelope, providing a reliable barrier to prevent pollen and other contaminants from entering your home from the outside. This also protects your home's living space from mold, mildew and other contaminants that may exist in the crawlspace, attic or walls. A home performance upgrade also helps reduce the risk of moisture issues that can lead to mold and mildew, and includes a comprehensive look at your home's ventilation in order to ensure that the air in your home is fresh and healthy.
Contact us to learn more about how a comprehensive home performance upgrade with Powersmith can improve your home's energy efficiency while saving you money on energy bills and helping your family stay healthier and more comfortable.