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      Do Asheville homes have good indoor air quality?

      Indoor air quality can be a major concern in very tightly built, well insulated Asheville green homes. 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

      Radon exposure 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

      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, land or real estate here in Asheville.