THE AIR INSIDE YOUR HOME CONTAINS POLLUTANTS FROM EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES:
- People and their activities: cooking, bathing, cleaning
- Volatile organic compounds: chemicals released from household cleaners and products like paint, upholstery, carpeting and plastics
- Dust mites
IT’S ALSO PRETTY MOIST.
A family of four can produce the equivalent of 22-30 pounds of moisture per day from normal activities.
To avoid mold, mildew and odors, moisture should be removed with adequate ventilation.
Exhausting stale indoor air and replacing it with fresh outside air is the best way to ensure continuous indoor air quality, the Home Ventilating Institute says.
Modern construction, however, makes it virtually impossible to achieve sufficient exchange of air without mechanical assistance.
Opening skylights, in combination with open vertical windows, helps release indoor air pollutants and bring in fresh, clean air to keep your home a healthy, pleasant place to live.