Airborne allergens affect over 50 million Americans annually and the number increases every year. This should make indoor air quality a priority for property owners or managers. While some people believe that simply employing filters or air purifiers will do the trick, this may not always be the case.
Improperly encapsulated crawl spaces can be a source of contaminated indoor air.
Protection from harmful allergens and air impurities can be more effectively implemented by preventing unconditioned air from infiltrating your home through open vents, like those in your crawl space. This new year, make sure your home is effectively protected from contaminated air by encapsulating your crawl space.
Negative Factors that Affect Your Indoor Air Quality
Poor air quality can affect your health in a number of ways, including chronic respiratory issues, viruses, and infections. In order to preserve or improve the health of those living in your house, it is important to understand what factors affect the quality of your indoor air. Pollutants to your indoor air can be any of the following:
Some of these are relatively easy to fix: Eliminate pollution from smoke and stale air by not burning cigarettes and fires inside and install outdoor air ducts for your HVAC system. But some of the other factors, such as mold and chemical gases, can only be effectively eliminated by enclosing your crawl space with a vapor barrier. Doing so will result in the following benefits:
Thinking about the air you breathe is not intuitive, especially if there are no visible problems. But being proactive about protecting your health and your home should be your most important goal. Make sure you are investing in the best possible products and service to ensure a healthy and comfortable environment for you and your loved ones.
Bryce Skeeters is the StegoCrawl® Product Lead Manager at Stego Industries, LLC. He has been a part of the Stego team for nearly ten years, after transitioning from a real estate career in home renovations. In addition, he was part of the team that developed StegoCrawl Wrap. Bryce enjoys working as a trusted consultant to architects, engineers, and contractors to further their understanding of concrete moisture management, and to ensure the highest quality in both residential and commercial projects.