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Air QualityWestchester, Putnam and Fairfield Counties Energy Solutions Air Quality Check for Indoor Air Pollutants

In conducting your energy audit, your Franzoso auditor conducts several inspections throughout your home to determine if any indoor air quality issues exist. And, he suggests possible solutions for resolving any air quality issues he may find. Old insulation, common household chemicals and molds and mildew are some of the things that can add to pollutant levels in your home.

Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield Counties Energy Solutions Air Quality Check for Old InsulationIndoor air pollutants can be the underlying cause of a number of health issues, such as asthma and other respiratory problems, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, and headaches, to name a few. Children, the elderly, the chronically ill and others suffering from respiratory or other issues, can be more vulnerable to air quality problems.

Old insulation, everyday household chemicals and inadequate venting of appliances, such as clothes dryers, stoves, water heaters, furnaces, wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, space heaters can be the source of air quality problems. Simple solutions, such as kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans, can reduce the level of pollutants existing in your home. Moisture control and tighter air and duct sealing can also go a long way toward stemming the amount of pollutants entering your home.


Here are some of the areas where possible indoor air quality, and health and safety problems are typically found in the home:

Your KitchenWestchester, Putnam and Fairfield Counties Energy Solutions Air Quality Check for Kitchen

More often than not, this continually used space contains appliances, such as a stove, that may leak gases. At the same time, cleaning products, pesticides and other chemicals are also usually stored under the sink or in a pantry. It is very important to properly and safely store and vent chemicals. Also, to prevent carbon monoxide exposure, appliances such as gas stoves should be properly installed, operated and maintained, and vented to the outside. The seals around your oven and refrigerator doors can also contribute to energy loss, and should be inspected for leaks.

Your Living Room and Family Room

Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield Counties Energy Solutions Air Quality Check for Living Room and Family Room

The living room and family room are also heavily used, which makes them additional source of indoor pollutants. Adequate ventilation here is also important for removing secondhand smoke, and wood- and gas-burning fireplaces, along with infrequently cleaned chimneys are also sources of carbon monoxide. Living rooms and family rooms with active fireplaces should be checked for proper venting, and flue dampers must always be fully open when in use. Chimneys should be inspected to ensure proper sealing.

Your BathroomsWestchester, Putnam and Fairfield Counties Energy Solutions Air Quality Check for Bathroom

Frequently the most humid area of your home, bathrooms are common sources of mold, which can cause allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory problems. Bathrooms should always be vented with a properly installed and regularly cleaned ventilation fan during use. Damp spaces such as showers, sinks and tubs should always be kept clean and as dry as possible.

Your Basement

Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield Counties Energy Solutions Air Quality Check for BasementBecause the basement — finished or unfinished — is a source of air leaks and moisture, it is important to ventilate, seal cracks and properly store all chemicals here. Fuel-combustion heating and cooling units such as gas-fired furnaces and boilers, gas washers and dryers, kerosene-powered heaters and other appliances are common sources of carbon monoxide. Proper installation, operation and maintenance of these appliances is essential, and carbon monoxide detectors should always be present.

And, because basements can be often be damp, installing and maintaining the right capacity dehumidifier for your basement space will monitor and maintain the proper level of humidity, and reduce the potential for molds.
 

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