Home buyers are dramatically increasing their knowledge of indoor air quality. Yes, viruses and other illness causing pollutants are the most discussed aspect of poor indoor air quality, but mold, mildew, VOCs, and cooking byproducts are also a large part of the conversation. Two-thirds of respondents are growing worried about the air they breathe at home. Even if you wanted to, it would be impossible to ignore the conversation happening around indoor air quality. The current COVID-19 pandemic is permeating every aspect of life and causing people to pay more attention to their indoor environments. Indoor air quality and the negative health effects that can arise from it aren’t going to be forgotten anytime soon. S W Wold Construction isn't making it an afterthought when designing healthy homes.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a major component of a healthy home. People are spending more time indoors these days. Before the pandemic, people spent 90% of their time indoors. Imagine what the number is right now! With 42% of the labor force currently working from home, people are cooking more, cleaning more, exercising more, and home schooling more. That’s a lot of moisture, carbon dioxide, off gassing, cleaning fumes, and particles floating around in the air. S W Wold Construction is making healthy home options a standard and increasing healthy home technology available to of all demographics.
The energy efficient home has become the standard for S W Wold and now the healthy home is a key differentiator as well. Using low VOC paints, formaldehyde-free flooring and cabinets, and low VOC woods are some of the most listed examples.
Here are three ways to ensure good indoor air quality for home buyers.
1) Install a properly sized and featured bath fan. Ensure it's ability to continuously protect against bacteria, mold, mildew and fungi growth.
2) Provide proper kitchen ventilation with a range hood that is ducted outside. Be sure to install a hood that moves the correct CFM for the size of range (width and depth must be considered).
3)Incorporate an H/ERV or supply fan into the mechanical system to bring fresh air into the home. Brining fresh air in dilutes pollutants in the air, provides fresh air to replace vented air, and helps maintain comfortable temperature and humidity levels.
Between home buyer demand and ever-advancing codes and standards, a home’s indoor air quality has become one of the single most important factors in the makeup of a healthy home.
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