Aug 272013
 

What makes a home green? A whole house vacuum system. 

According to the EPA indoor home air can be 5 times or more polluted than the air outside. There are many reasons for this, such as the release of personal and cleaning chemicals, toxins given off from paint, furniture, carpets, sealants and cabinetry, tobacco smoke, cooking, glues, solvents, gas appliances, to name a few.

Sucking up smaller air particles requires the additional power of a whole house vacuum system.

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Besides the chemicals, another main cause of indoor air pollution, that is also responsible for many bronchial problems, is the small and microscopic particles that float in the air and settle all over the home, and which are breathed in by the occupants. These particles are made up of pet dander, dust, dust mites, human skin flakes, cooking particulates, and carpet, curtain and furniture upholstery fibers.

Upright vacuum cleaners do a good job of sucking many of the larger particles up, however they do an equally good job of simply disturbing smaller particles, or recirculating them back into the air. Also, an upright vacuum can release microscopic particulates back into air when the back is emptied.

A whole house vacuum system utilizes much more powerful sucking equipment than an upright vacuum that needs to be small and manageable which is why a central vacuum collects 15 – 20 times more debris, and because it is externally mounted, a central vacuum can never release its contents inside a home.

That is why studies show that nasal and eye irritants, asthma, and fatigue are reduced by 50% or more, when a central vacuuming system is used in a home. And a great side benefit is of course, the elimination of noise pollution.

Ensuring good indoor equality in a home requires a number of green features that all work together and a whole house vacuum system is one of the most beneficial contributors.

See all of our indoor air quality articles.

A whole house vacuum system is a standard feature of our LEED certified zero energy homes and optional in all others. Please see our model.

Thank you for visiting. Please check out the rest of our BLOG and contact us for more information. We look forward to making Green Home living your reality.

Marius J Smook – Licensed Real Estate Eco-Broker, LEED AP for HOMES, Home Energy Rater.


 August 27, 2013

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