Building a new home or building is an exciting time for you and your family. From picking the right neighborhood to finalizing the blueprints, the process is full of hope and potential.
At Indoor Air Quality Associates, we want that excitement to keep going well after you’ve moved in. We believe that starts with making sure the air in your new home is safe for you and your family from the beginning.
While buying an older, existing homes or buildings presents its own air quality challenges, building a new home or building gives you the chance to create a healthy indoor environment from the foundation up.
Modern building techniques and materials make construction more efficient and less expensive, but some of them can emit pollutants into the air and introduce other potential air quality issues.
Some experts have stated, every home is a chemical experiment at work. One way to look at a home or building is to think of it as a planet, with millions of microorganisms, an ecosystem that evolves as more things are added to it.
While there is no “one-size-fits-all” advice, we know you still want to do all you can to make sure your home or building ecosystem is healthy. For that, we share some expert tips on building a home or building that you and your occupants will thrive in.
Expert Advice On Indoor Air Quality
3 Areas Of Focus When Building
- Don’t bring bad things in.
Try to avoid bringing reactive things into the house and things that will “off-gas” over the long-term, like insulation or materials with flame retardants.
For example, don’t keep paints and solvents in the house. Keep them in an air-sealed garage.
- Keep it dry to prevent mold.
You should have a dehumidifier, even if you have a humidifier for the winter. What you want to do is control the humidity so you don’t grow mold.
- Outdoor air ventilation is crucial.
If you have an outdoor air system that works, then things like chemicals and humidity won’t be as big of an issue.
On Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
At Indoor Air Quality Associates, we give you ways to remove VOCs from your home. While it’s important to remove harmful VOCs, however know that making a “zero-VOC” home or building is impossible.
We’re always bringing chemicals and VOCs into the house with everyday activities like cooking and cleaning and breathing.
Ventilation is crucial for reducing the concentration of VOCs in your home or building. You definitely want to ventilate anywhere there is moisture introduced to the home or building.
On Kids’ Health
Their lungs are developing right now, and it’s just not good for them to breathe certain chemicals or any particles. The more chemical combinations you add to your home or building, the more risk you’re creating for your kids.
Carpets hold onto a lot of particles. Children spend the most time next to that flooring that may have harmful chemicals in it.
On Air Purifiers
Once you decide what air filters are needed in your home, check out Indoor Air Quality Associates filter options and packages. Air filtration is the only air purification tactic that will not have side effects that are going to endanger the occupants.
Never buy an air purifier that creates any ozone or hydroxyl radicals. It’s very reactive and hard to measure, because it disappears when it reacts with other chemicals. It should be UL listed 2998 “ozone free”, if it’s not, it’s potentially (in most cases) worst then having nothing.
If you’re seeking healthier indoor air, especially for developing kids, you will want our disinfecting filtration system (DFS) at minimum.
If you’re really serious about indoor air, use a DFS and Bipolar ionization. That’s what is used in hospitals and commercial businesses that are concerned and care for their occupant’s health.
One way we describes things that we all can relate too at Indoor Air Quality Associates is: “You take in one maybe two gallons of water a day. While you’re keen to make sure it’s extremely pure and healthy with expensive filtration systems or bottled offerings, that’s great! However, you take in up to 10,000 gallons of air a day. That defines the importance to the air quality within the occupied building!”
The Importance of Testing
All of this advice is predicated on testing and knowledge. You have to prove that air systems are doing what they say they do.
Cheap indoor air quality monitors that you buy online aren’t very good. To make sure your systems are working, you should ask for testing and diagnostics from professional industry expert like us. We offer, Allergen and Mold testing on the air as well as Volatile Organic Compounds, PM (particulate matter): PM 2.5, PM 5, PM 10, Carbon Dioxide, Formaldehyde, Dew point, Relative Humidity, Pressure and more! We use only professional environmental sensor equipment that has high accuracy, and is used by professional indoor environmentalists that understand IAQ every day!