Homeowner's Learning Center
Signs that your house may have an Indoor Air Quality issue?
Just like human being, houses will present symptoms that help us diagnose when an appropriate mechanical ventilation system is needed. The main problems to diagnose are excess infiltration (through walls or ducts), inadequate air exchange (too little ventilation), and excess moisture. Often, excess moisture speaks for itself. If you see condensation, mold, or excessive ice build-up, you know you have a problem. (See the section “Control moisture.”)
How to make your home a better place to live?
When they first move in, home owners tend to enjoy their pleasant new dwelling, yet quite often by the second year they experience phenomena such as excess moisture, musty moldy odors, and allergic reactions to indoor air contaminants. As the seasons change, humidity issues that lead to damp uncomfortable basements & crawlspaces, or even window condensation upstairs, can become apparent.
How to value added your house when selling by upgrading the Indoor Air Quality?
Whether you are looking to increase your property's appraisal value with a view to a sale, or you just want to improve your living space, getting started on home improvements can be a daunting prospect.
How to know that your home needs indoor air treatment?
Because healthy indoor air quality matters for all of us specifically when no regulations mandator it mainly in retrofit market, but as well as new constructions mostly equipped with air exchangers whether they are HRV or ERV!
Why should you improve the indoor air quality throughout your home?
Because healthy indoor air quality matters for all of us, but no regulations mandate it in the retrofit market. And yet where there are regulations, as in the new construction market, consumers still experience issues with poor indoor air quality, even when their home is equipped with an air exchanger such as an HRV!
Clues that you have a wet basement
The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that 60 percent of U.S. homes have wet basements. That means that more than half of American homes could have indoor environmental issues brought on by too much moisture. Whether it’s from subsurface seepage, rain-related or excess humidity, there are a number of clues that let you know you have a problem.
Why does mold smell and how you can reduce or eliminate it.
If there’s a musty mold smell sometimes in your home, it’s important to investigate the cause and do something about it. It most often comes from basements, attics, crawlspaces, or other areas that lack proper ventilation and humidity control.
Home humidity levels too high or too low?
Watching the weather forecast on the news every day, you’ll hear them talk about humidity levels outside and how it will affect your day. But do you pay as much attention to your indoor humidity level? We spend up to 90% of our time indoors, so making sure the humidity level is just right is not only important for our comfort, it’s important for our health.
Are You Allergic To Your Indoor Air?
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) a professional organization of medical specialists with a special interest in the research and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases, recognizes that millions of people suffer year-round from allergy symptoms caused by indoor allergens, noting that culprits include dust mite droppings, animal dander, cockroach droppings and molds. When we have an allergic reaction to these, symptoms include sneezing, stuffiness, a runny nose, or itchiness in your nose, the roof of your mouth, throat, eyes or ears.
Why adding mechanical ventilation may be your best option for new and old homes
Whether you are someone who enjoys all the efficiencies of a newly built home, or the character and charm of an older home, it’s important to understand all the ins and outs of how your place is ventilated. With improvements in building codes and construction practices, new houses tend to be more airtight while older ones require renovations and upgrading to eliminate leakage and drafts.