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Healthy Homes Need Fresh Air
3 Keys to Ensure Your Healthy Homes Meet Consumer Demand
Consumers 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. A recent study conducted by Broan-NuTone shows that 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. The home building industry can’t make 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. Making healthy home options a standard and increasing healthy home technology will make homes very attractive to buyers of all demographics.
The energy efficient home has become the standard and now the healthy home is a key differentiator for builders. There are many ways that builders today have improved on the homes of the past: low VOC paints, formaldehyde-free flooring and cabinets, and low VOC woods are some of the most listed examples in surveys of builders.
However, ventilation and IAQ is sometimes overlooked as a critical component of the healthy home. Here are three ways to ensure good indoor air quality for homebuyers.
- Install a properly sized and featured bath fan. Make sure the fan moves enough CFM for the size of the room. And, make sure the fan has features the homeowner will use, such as the ability to continuously protect against bacteria, mold, mildew and fungi growth.
- 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).
- 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 consumer 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. Are you ready to meet demand?
To learn more about whole home ventilation systems that support a healthy home, visit Broan-NuTone.