Having great indoor air quality has quickly become a priority for many home and building owners in Western Massachusetts. As things like “Sick Building Syndrome” become more well-known, the Energia team is ready to respond. Our weatherization specialists recognize that the quality of the air we breathe indoors can cause allergies and illness as a direct result of dirty or inadequate air ventilation systems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air.
Most indoor air quality problems are caused by inadequate ventilation, by an indoor source of pollution, or by a combination of both. Luckily, inadequate ventilation is usually a pretty straightforward fix. Inefficient or dirty ventilation systems (including bath fans, kitchen exhaust fans, and dryers) can lead to indoor air pollution and an excess of dust and dirt particles in the air.
Does your Building Have Poor Indoor Air Quality?
It can be hard to identify the causes of air quality issues in your building. Occupants will often complain of various symptoms, including:
- Sinus Problems
- Respiratory Issues
- Worsened Allergies
- Coughing and Sneezing
- Irritation of eyes, throat, skin, or nose
Symptoms like these are often due to the circulation of indoor allergens and irritants caused by pollutants from smoke, mold, mildew, and other airborne toxins. Having proper ventilation, air sealing, and insulation can dramatically reduce the amount of allergens and pollutants in the air, as well as reduce the symptoms they cause. If you suspect your air quality may be problematic, contacting a professional is the best method for identifying the issues as well as the sources.
Benefits of Proper Ventilation
Improved indoor air quality is not the only benefit to having your ventilation system, air sealing, and insulation upgraded. Updating these systems reduces inefficiencies in your home and reduces energy bills. When your ventilation system isn’t working at it’s best, it can put more stress on the other systems. Other systems in your home, like your heating and cooling systems, have to work harder to produce the same results. When you keep your ventilation and insulation clean, it will extend not only your ventilation system’s lifespan, but also the lifespan of your heating and cooling systems.
Well-functioning insulation, ventilation, and air sealing keeps the air in your building clean and removes pollutants and irritants from the indoor air. This will make your building or home more enjoyable and comfortable to live in.