Indoor air quality
can be a major concern in very tightly built, well insulated Asheville
. As Americans we spend 90% of time indoors and homes can be 10 times worse for air quality than a smog filled outdoor city. Common indoor pollutants can be mold, radon, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds that are used in building materials. The second most important reason that people buy green homes is for improved indoor air quality, especially if children are present in the home. Of course, the first reason people are usually attracted to green built homes
is for the high quality of construction
and the overall energy efficiency
of the home.
How does mold get into a home?
There are many different ways that water can be introduced into a home
and then cause mold
. If the home has a grade that slopes toward the foundation or does not have an adequate footing drain and waterproofing then water can get under the home. Likewise, if a home does not have proper flashing of windows, doors, roofs, and eaves then it is likely for water to get in the attic and wall systems. High humidity
in the home can also be a leading reason for mold
and proper air balance or humidity control needs to be addressed in any healthy built home. Mold can cause a multitude of health issues and can make current health issues like asthma worse if there is mold
, and fungi
growing in the home.
Radon is the #2 lung Cancer Killer
is the #2 reason that people die of lung cancer
in America. High radon levels
are detected in one out of every fifteen homes nationwide. Radon is a radioactive gas that is released from the normal decay of uranium in rocks
and soil. It is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas that seeps up through the ground and diffuses into the air. Radon
can be more prevalent in the mountain areas of Western North Carolina
and is rather easy to remediate in homes where high levels are detected. A simple radon system
can be installed in homes where the gas levels are high. Radon test kits are readily available at hardware and big box stores for home owners to perform a quick home self test to determine if remediation is required. Most home inspection companies will also perform a radon test
when a home inspection report is being performed.
Indoor Air Quality is Important
Formaldehyde and Volatile Organic Compounds Off-Gas in Homes
Most building materials need binders to hold their particles together and formaldehyde
is a popular binder in glues, adhesives and paints. Formaldehyde
can be carcinogenic
if breathed in at high levels of exposure in a home. Typically there is off-gassing of materials in a home, and of course new homes are worse than older ones in this scenario. It is recommended that a home be thoroughly aired out when new, and that proper ventilation is supplied so that indoor air gets a make up of fresh outside air on a daily basis to evacuate toxic fumes
in the homes air.
Contact Green Mountain Realty
at 828.215.9064 for homes
or real estate
here in Asheville.