- Home Performance Audit
- Insulation For Existing Homes
- Indoor Air Quality
- Air Sealing
- New Construction & Remodeling
What’s Your IAQ IQ?
August 6, 2018
When was the last time you thought about your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ)? If you’re like most homeowners here in southeastern Wisconsin, chances are it’s been a while — or perhaps your IAQ has never crossed your mind.
Indoor air quality isn’t something you can see, so it’s easy to overlook; but monitoring the health of your indoor air is essential for keeping you and your family healthy. That’s why we’re here to help you improve your “IAQ-IQ” and teach you a thing or two about indoor air quality.
Do You Know about These Airborne Contaminants?
Most homeowners in the Menomonee Falls area are surprised to find out just how many contaminants can be lurking in their indoor air. Common airborne contaminants include:
Carbon monoxide & radon
Carbon monoxide is an odorless and invisible gas that is lethal in high concentrations. It may enter your home as a result of malfunctioning combustion appliances. Radon is another harmful, yet invisible gas — only it enters your home through cracks in the foundation. Radon can increase your risk for lung cancer after periods of long exposure, and is a known issue especially here in Wisconsin.
Biological contaminants include pet dander, dust mites, pollen, bacteria, and viruses. Any of these contaminants has the potential to exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms like itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing, or nausea.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Volatile organic compounds are found in certain paints, cleaning products, and even furnishings like carpet and furniture. Like biological contaminants, they are linked to a variety of health symptoms, including headaches, nausea, fatigue, and dizziness.
Do You Know How to Improve Your Home’s IAQ?
With indoor air being an estimated two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, it’s important to do what you can to improve your home’s IAQ. As indoor air quality specialists in southeast WI, we recommend to following upgrades:
Home performance audit
A home performance audit is your first step towards cleaner and healthier indoor air. During your audit, one of our energy efficiency experts will assess your home and identify areas that need attention — including what may be undermining your IAQ.
Many Wisconsin homes are riddled with air leaks in the attic, walls, and other key areas, allowing outdoor pollutants and humidity to seep into the home. Air sealing closes these leaks for better protection against outside contaminants and is best paired with proper home ventilation.
Certain types of insulation such as spray foam are known to keep out excess moisture, which helps prevent mold growth — a major threat to indoor air quality.