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Indoor Air Quality for your Home

Indoor air quality may not be something you have given much thought about, however, for those living with asthma, breathing challenges or sensitivities, this is something that is thought about every day. When it comes to your home, where you spend a great portion of every day, you want to make sure the quality of the air you are breathing is healthy and not harming your health.

If you are building or renovating your home, this is an area you want to give some consideration to during the decision making process. There are a number of factors that contribute to poor indoor air quality within a home, one main factor being moisture, which can lead to mould growth which can be extremely harmful to your health. The kitchen and bathroom areas of a home are susceptible to mould growth if they are not properly ventilated. The installation of proper exhaust fans can help to eliminate mould growth in these areas of the home.

If your home has a heat recovery ventilator - HRV (also referred to as an air exchanger) system already installed, you want to make sure it is in proper working condition and well maintained throughout the year. This includes having the filters cleaned regularly. If you do not have an HRV, having one installed can increase the quality of the home’s indoor air quality by removing the stale air from the home and replacing it with fresh, pre-heated air and by reducing a home’s moisture and dampness.

Another factor to consider in regards to the indoor air quality of a home is the products you choose for your home, such as flooring, paint, cabinets, etc. You want to ask for products that have minimal or no off-gassing to reduce the potential for noxious gases to be emitted in your home. When it comes to building or renovating there are a number of healthy choices you can make to create a healthier indoor environment for everyone living in your home.

If you are planning to build or renovate visit the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association’s website at for more information.

Friday, July 23, 2010 Homes Etc.
The Chronicle Herald
Sherry Donovan, NSHBA

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