Research completed by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University found that consumers are increasingly worried about the link between health and everyday environmental exposures. In its study, Healthy Home Remodeling: Consumer Trends and Contractor Preparedness, the Joint Center found that indoor air quality ranked as the leading source of concern.
Scientific advancements in ventilation systems are now able to capture far greater levels of bacteria, allergens, and airborne pollutants. Members of your household can benefit from a continuous supply of fresh, filtered air just by making a few changes to your heating, cooling, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
There are a number of HVAC upgrades designed to remove stale air, and provide a continuous supply of fresh, filtered outdoor air. Whole-house air-filtering systems are very powerful and can serve as a year-round defense from a broad range of biological pollutants such as dust, dander, pollen, bacteria, mold, mildew, and viruses. If a whole-house system is not feasible, there are many portable air cleaning appliances available.
Smart home technology is a good way to monitor levels of moisture, humidity, and indoor or outdoor air quality. In addition to fire and smoke, detection systems are now available with powerful sensors that detect mold, floods, radon, carbon dioxide, and other environmental toxins.
Learn more in the book, Live in a Home that Pays You Back.