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Indoor Air Quality Audit: The Basement

Posted on Thu, Oct 20, 2011

1242266400 resized 600UltimateAir aims to promote health, specifically clean air inside your home. As part of an ongoing "Indoor Air Quality Home Audit" series, we will travel to every room in the home to share best practices and tips to ensure your family is breathing fresh air.

In previous weeks, we explored ways to improve the air quality of the living roombedroom and bathroom. This week, we will focus on the basement. Because many of us don’t spend a lot of time in here we often overlook the potential safety hazards within it.

For several reasons, basements tend to become wet, and this wetness is the perfect atmosphere for biological contaminants to thrive. Even more serious, poorly-installed or poorly-maintained utilities and appliances in our basements may leak dangerous gases, as the basement is a particularly susceptible “gateway” for toxins!

They become wet for several reasons, and when they become wet they breed contamination such as mold. This occurs because they tend to be less insulated than the other areas of the house we spend our time in. When we use outdoor hoses, we may be unknowingly allowing water to seep into our basements. And when carpets or stored items in the basement become wet, we tend to keep them there, which perpetuates the problem.

One proven way to prevent mold growth is by installing an air filtration/ventilation system. The RecoupAerator® influences both temperature and  humidity to keep mold spores (and other dangers) from surviving and multiplying.

In addition to investing in a product solution, there are other simple steps you can take to prevent dangers to air quality:

  • Move down spouts away from the foundation of your home.
  • Insulate basement walls.
  • Throw away wet items from basement.

Washers, dryers, furnaces and heaters can all release dangerous gases into the air if they’ve been installed incorrectly or not properly maintained. This is particularly dangerous since these gases—unlike mold—have no smell! A whole house ventilation system, like the RecoupAerator®, is a great way to ensure clean, safe air, but it is also recommended that annual checks are conducted to ensure there are no leaks and that all of the filters are clean.

 

Topics: indoor air quality, Air Filration, Indoor Air Quality Audit