Good indoor home air quality.
The EPA has told us that the air in our homes is 5 – 10 times more polluted than the air outside. To make matters worse, if we make a habit of keeping our windows closed for air conditioning, and never opening them to allow fresher air to come in, then the home air quality becomes increasing worse as more and more pollutants are added every day.
These added pollutants can come from chemicals that we use in our homes, toxic personal products, smoking, toxins that off-gas from furniture, flooring, paints, sealants and fabrics, from germs and viruses from people and animals, as well as dust, mold spores, radon gas, insect waste and more. The result of this poor indoor air quality can be bronchial problems, like asthma and bronchitis as well as allergies, neurological and heart problems.
So, what features and technologies do green homes have to overcome these problems and instead, provide safer and healthier home air quality? Here are few to consider:
- Toxin free Carpets – Green Label certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute.
- Hypoallergenic building materials – no CFC”s (chlorofluorocarbons), HCFC’s (hydrochlorofluorocarbons), formaldehyde, asbestos or fiberglass.
- High performance air filtration – to keep mold, viruses and bacteria out. More air conditioner filters info.
- Fresh air ventilation system – to circulate and filter fresh air. More ERV info.
- Pest resistant construction – not friendly to mold, mildew, termites.
- Effective Envelope Sealing – eliminates unfiltered air infiltration resulting in less dust and pollen.
- Screens on all operable windows – to keep bugs and mosquitoes out.
- Toxin free paints and finishes – to protect against harmful off-gassing.
- Carbon di-oxide detectors – to protect against deadly toxins.
- Electronic air purification – sends advanced oxidants throughout the home to kill microbials. More air purifier info
- Natural pesticides – to prevent harmful contamination.
- Garage ventilation – to release the accumulation of carbon monoxide and other chemicals.
- Humidistats – to control the relative humidity automatically.
- Properly designed air distribution system – to ensure proper and complete air conditioning.
- Radon protection designs – to prevent decomposing radium gasses from entering.
- Germicidal UV lights – located in the air distribution system to kill mold spores.
- Central vacuum system – to ensure high performance, allergen-trapping vacuuming.
- Effective air exhausts – to properly expel humidity and odors from kitchens and bathrooms.
- Toxin-free flooring – Free of VOC emissions.
- Sealed gas appliances – vital for good indoor air quality
- Sustainable cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms. – No toxic off-gassing.
- High performance windows – to maintain a leak free home shell.
- Spray Foam Insulation – to properly seal the home shell.
- Recycled Drywall – to prevent VOCs from off-gassing from walls.
Good home air quality is one of the most important features of a green home, for occupants who want to live more comfortably and free from illnesses and allergies. The above features are available to see in our virtual model homes. Please visit and check them out.
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Marius Smook – Lic. Real Estate Eco-Broker, LEED AP (Homes), Cert. Energy Rater.