Indoor Air Quality
Poor indoor air quality is a more prevalent and serious problem than many homeowners realize. According to the EPA, in fact, indoor air quality is a more serious threat to public health than outdoor air pollution -- even in the most polluted of cities. Causes of poor indoor air quality commonly include combustion equipment such as furnaces and stoves, tobacco smoke, harmful chemicals from building materials, and dust and dander.
Solution: Controlling the flow of air within a home is the best way to ensure that the air you and your family are breathing is clean and healthy. The mantra among home energy experts is "seal tight, ventilate right," meaning that you should take steps to seal the air leaks in your home, and pair those efforts with ventilation to ensure that sufficient air changes per hour (ACH) occur in the home. This ensures that the fresh air entering the home is actually fresh, and not moldy, toxin-ridden air from your moist crawlspace or through dusty walls.
During a Cleveland Energy $aver Home Energy Assessment, a trained home energy auditor will evaluate your home's combustion equipment for safety, and its indoor air quality for health. Air sealing and ventilation upgrades may be included within the home energy upgrades you choose to take advantage of as part of your participation in the program.