Improving Air Quality in Home Building

The challenge with most homes built in America, is that little is done to improve the air quality of the residence. According to the EPA, the average indoor air quality of a home can often be 2-10 times more polluted than outdoor air. To make matters worse, the average American spends 90% of their time indoors between home and work life. Now more than ever the quality of your air matters as you may be spending more time breathing unhealthy air in your home. Your well-being matters which means building a better home that benefits you is paramount.

At Stafford Homes & Land, we build better with our clean air building practices. We use three methods to improve the indoor air quality of our homes. First, we control the environment of the home by reducing air loss. Second, improve the air through circulation and ventilation of the home. Third, we improve through air filtration. Our goal is to provide you with a healthy home from day one.

Source Control For Improved Air Quality

Indoor air quality is important and the best way to control this is at its source. We do this by sealing and enclosing the home which keeps air contaminants outside of the home. Since there is little air escape, we also include low VOC products such as paints and carpets. The control of your home’s air to provide healthy air is important to us.

Improved Air Quality Through Ventilation

Air quality is such an important element to your home and how it affects your health. Since our homes are sealed with a home wrap, sealing of joints and gaps, and incorporate blown-in insulation, these result in little fresh air into your home which can cause stagnation and with time mold. In order to combat this, it requires the introduction of fresh air.

There are three ways that airflow can enter the home.
1) Natural ventilation through opening doors and windows of the home.
2) Through importing fresh air through the ventilation systems (heating and air conditioning).
3) Air infiltration through house gaps in floors, ceilings, windows, doors, joints, and cracks.

Improving air quality requires a second method by using the HVAC system to import air from the outside into the home. The ventilation system cycles fresh air in and exchanges it to exhaust old air from the home. We make sure that your home cycles the proper amount of air your home needs.

Filtration For On-going Air Quality

Cleaning the air is another aspect we employ to improve the health of your home. While importing air into your home we use a MERV-13 filter our homes. This high-grade filtration is equivalent to medical environments and removes contaminants from both outside of the home and inside. The benefit to you is a healthy environment with fresh air. In order to maintain this system, we encourage you to follow the manufacturing guidelines for upkeep such as filter changes and maintenance from a trained professional. This is very important and neglecting this can impact the quality of air in your home.

We Certify Our Homes For Air Quality

Our homes are certified for air quality. When we say fresh air we mean it and build it regardless of certification. But a benefit to you is that we use a third-party certification company that certifies your home with the EPA Indoor airPLUS program. We jumped through the hurdles to ensure fresh air to your home. It’s a step-up from many of the homes you would find on the market today.

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