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Indoor Air Quality

Exquisite Indoor Air Quality for a Healthier, Safer Home

Indoor Air Quality | Ellison Building | Cape Fear, NCMost homeowners can agree that the health and safety of their families takes precedent above practically all else in life. Many people spend tens of thousands of dollars on vehicles that promote safety, and it stands to reason that the same philosophy can and should apply to the home you live in. Indoor air quality is especially important to focus on in this regard, yet it often gets overlooked by contractors who don’t take a “whole-home” approach.

 

 

Factors that Influence Indoor Air Quality

There are a number of different factors that can have a direct effect on indoor air quality, and many may seem familiar to those who have lived in older homes. The following are examples of factors which can influence air quality —

Moisture

Moisture in the home may not seem like a big deal at face value, but there’s no getting around the fact that it can bring about health problems. Mold, for example, is often a culprit of respiratory illness, and an overly-humid home can be the precipitating factor more often than not. High humidity also creates an ideal environment for dust mites to thrive.

Ventilation

When a home isn’t properly ventilated, air quality can be severely compromised. This is especially true in homes with old heating systems, as ventilation can degrade over time. Chemicals and irritants can build in the air if ventilation is restricted, which can cause a multitude of issues when inhaled for a prolonged period of time.

Radon 

Radon is a harmful gas that originates from excess uranium found in bedrock. When radon isn’t properly mitigated, health problems such as lung cancer can occur in those who live within a home for a long time. The dangers of radon should not be overlooked, yet it continues to be a problem that affects air quality in homes throughout the country.

Focusing on Air Quality from the Very Beginning

While it’s not uncommon for indoor air quality to be poor in older homes, an Ellison-built home will be designed with exceptional air quality in mind from the very beginning of the process. Poor ventilation, moisture and radon issues can all be avoided when the right steps are taken, regardless of scope or budget.

Contact Ellison Building Company for more information about how your home’s indoor air quality can affect you and your family.