What Is Sick Home Syndrome?

Are You Wondering if Your Home or Office Is Making You Sick?

“Sick Home Syndrome” is a phrase that describes situations in which a structure’s occupants experience acute, adverse health effects and/or discomfort that appear to be linked to spending time within the structure and have no specific link to an illness, can be caused by poor air quality often linked to little or no ventilation. Symptoms can include respiratory ailments, asthma, sinus infections, rash, dizziness, headache, nausea, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, fatigue and others.

It’s common for several building occupants to report varying symptoms which may seem unrelated at first. For example, many experience runny, itchy eyes, headaches, etc. when spending time in their basement and in most cases, the symptoms diminish soon after the individual leaves a specific room or building. However, in some cases, particularly in sensitive individuals, in children and elderly, and those with compromised immune systems, there can be lingering health effects.

What causes of Sick Home Syndrome?

Causes of Sick Home Syndrome can be attributed to both interior and exterior chemical and biological contaminants. According to the EPA, a major contributing factors is inadequate ventilation, a common side effect from our ‘modern’ building and construction practices that favor tightly sealed, energy-efficient strategies for homes and buildings. In short, our homes don’t breathe any more.

Biological contaminants such as bacteria, pollen and molds can be found throughout a home, especially in damp places where stagnant water has puddled in ducts, humidifiers and drain pans, or where moisture has been absorbed on ceiling tiles, carpeting or insulation.

Mold is naturally occurring and easily enters a home in various ways like on our clothing and pets, through our vents and doors, and on organic material we introduce into our homes. While visible mold is an obvious reason for concern, mold and fungal growth also occur in hidden spaces under carpeting, behind wall boards, insulation and paneling. “Toxic molds” have been linked to large variety of illnesses in recent years which can cause serious health problems.

What you can do to help?

If you suspect that your home/building is making you sick there are some things you can to do help improve the indoor environment. The US Environmental Protection Agency and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommend two major strategies to battle “Sick Home Syndrome”,

  1. Source Control – Eliminate any source of contamination or pollution. Dry out damp spaces, fix leaky pipes, remove any source of artificial fragrance (high levels of volatile chemicals), replace cleaning products with non-toxic varieties, do not allow smoking inside the home, clean and dust regularly, use vacuum with HEPA filter.
  2. Ventilate – Increase the amount of outdoor air entering the building envelope. “Solution by Dilution”, ventilation systems can significantly improve a home’s air quality by decreasing the level of contaminants in the air. Reducing the concentration of allergens, pollutants, moisture, mold spores, viral loads, dust particles, etc. with a mechanical ventilation will result in much healthier indoor air environment.

How we can help?

Don’t take chances with your indoor air quality. Call the experts at EZ Breathe Ventilation Systems at (866) 822-7328 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.

Why Should I Care About The Air In My Basement?

Basement Ventilation: The Foundational Link To A Healthy Home

As human beings, we breathe – inhale and exhale – about 10,000 to 70,000 times every day just to sustain life. Not really surprising, but what is surprising is how little attention, we  pay to the quality of air we are breathing. We as North American’s spend countless hours and billions of dollars deciding on the food we eat, beverages we drink, the lotions we put on our skin and the effects they have on our health and well-being. However, until very recently with the COVID-19 pandemic we spent very little time discussing the quality of the air we breathe in our homes.

If we are inhaling air into our lungs 10,000 to 70,000 times a day, doesn’t it make sense to at least consider the quality of air we breathe?

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So, let’s take a moment to consider what IS in the air we breathe. How is the air I am breathing effecting my home and health? We now know that much of the transmission of the COVID-19 virus is happening among people living under the same roof. How can we better understand this?

What is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)? Term to describe “the physical and chemical characteristics of air inside buildings including airborne constituents with special concerns for the impact on occupant health and comfort” Airborne constituents include:

Temperature – Humidity – VOCs – Allergens – Particle Counts – Bacteria – Building Materials – Type of Construction – Exchange Rates – Occupants – HVAC – Insulation – etc.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, tells us that “The air in the average American home is a minimum of 5 times (and can be as much as 100 times) more polluted than outdoor air.” There are quite a few reasons for this…from the off gassing of toxins we use in building our homes such as glues, epoxies, resins, varnishes, upholstery, carpets, paint fumes, formaldehyde, and other VOCs to the type of foundations our homes are built on, basements and crawlspaces, add in the many pollutants we bring into our house plus our quest for insulation and energy efficient upgrades to the mix and we’ve got quite a toxic cocktail of indoor air quality! 

For homes with basements, indoor toxins are greater than for those homes without basements. Unfinished and finished basements both create risks for toxic exposure throughout the whole home. A recent study indicated that foundation walls, due to their porous nature “absorb 10-15 gallons of water vapor per day, which is responsible for up to 80% of the home’s indoor moisture, and can accelerate the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew as well as attract bugs, spiders and pests.”

We can all agree that it is important to control water leaks and water entry, from the basement into the rest of the house. Additionally, controlling mold is important as this toxin, will place your family at significant health risk. The humidity and condensation in the basement is what most often creates a mold risk. 

stack effect - ez breathe ventilationAdding the “Stack Effect” (the movement of air into and out of home) to this dynamic exaggerates the introduction of toxins from the basement into the home.   

The rising warm air draws air in through either open doors, windows, or other openings and up from basement.

Actively drawing dirty basement air into the living environment above is detrimental to providing a healthy indoor environment.

 

How Ventilation can help…

The good news is you can do something to combat this growing health concern and further protect your family from breathing bad, contaminated air.  Even better news is that it does not include major home renovations or serious lifestyle changes…by simply increasing the home’s air exchanges YOU can make a difference.

Helping to reduce the natural stack effect (tendency for basement/crawlspace air to rise up into the living space) YOU can improve your indoor quality. This will also provide a path of escape for the bad air to exit which will further prevent polluted indoor air from accumulating to unhealthy levels and entering the living environment. By exhausting that bad air out and increasing air exchanges you can dramatically improve the indoor air quality…and the health of the occupants!

It’s really a very simply solution to a complex problem. By increasing the ventilation rates in the home sourced at the lowest part of the foundation, you will see a reduction in indoor allergens,  airborne contaminants, viruses, humidity levels, trapped gasses and pollutants, as well as all of those nasty chemicals we introduce into our indoor environment every day. 

85 percent reduction - ez breathe ventilationCreate a fresher, cleaner, drier indoor air environment naturally, without expensive air filters, air cleaners, scrubbers, etc. When you increase ventilation there is no need for any harmful air fresheners, sprays, plug-ins, candles, chemical masking agents or fragrances. These synthetic compounds do nothing to improve the air quality and oftentimes add dangerous chemicals further polluting an already compromised air quality. 

If we need to breath up to 70,000 times per day just to sustain us, it’s probably a good idea to be sure that the air we are inhaling is the healthiest it can be to support us in being the healthiest we can be!

To Learn more about how the EZ Breathe Ventilation System can:

  • Improve indoor Air Quality
  • Reduce allergens
  • Monitor humidity levels
  • Remove pollutants
  • Reverse natural stack effect
  • Prevent Ice damming
  • Protect your home and health
  • Create a healthy and happy home!

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The Dangers of Febreze

The Dangers of Febreze- EZ BreatheThe Dangers of Febreze

Febreze is classified as an air freshener, created by Proctor & Gamble. It reports to work by “trapping” odor molecules in a donut-shaped chemical.

The first thing that is really important to understand: the product does not remove odor molecules and it doesn’t clean the item it comes into contact with.

The odor molecules are still there. Your nose just can’t perceive them because you smell the chemical product instead.

For more related information on how EZ Breathe can help with smells and odors.

That alone should be your first warning. We know inhalation of any chemicals is dangerous, and several of its ingredients listed below are known to irritate the lungs… but this is a chemical whose entire purpose is to be inhaled!

The Natural Resources Defense Council studied the effects of air fresheners, discovering that they currently undergo no safety testing. The results were disturbing, because they revealed high levels of phthalates, which are known to be especially harmful to children. These chemicals were even present in sprays which were claimed to be “All-Natural” and “unscented”. Phthalates were not disclosed in the list of ingredients for any of the products. “Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can be particularly dangerous for young children and unborn babies. Exposure to phthalates can affect testosterone levels and lead to reproductive abnormalities, including abnormal genitalia and reduced sperm production. The State of California notes that five types of phthalates — including one that we found in air freshener products — are ‘known to cause birth defects or reproductive harm.’” — Natural Resources Defense Council

1,4- Dichlorobenzene is a chemical that is found in the blood of 96% of Americans. It has been linked to lung damage, is a known carcinogen, and it is an E.P.A. registered pesticide. Studies found it to increase rates of asthma. It can be found in the majority of air fresheners, toilet deodorizers, and mothballs. It works by attacking the receptors in the nose, and thus eliminating the sense of smell. This is how the new generation of air fresheners actually “freshen”. This chemical was introduced into the American market with the Febreze product from Proctor & Gamble. The new generation of air fresheners that were inspired by the success of Febreze are literally using chemical warfare to destroy their customers’ sense of smell. That lack of smell is where the illusion of freshness comes from. The user only smells these air fresheners for about a minute after they have been sprayed, and then the nose cannot smell most fragrances anymore. This is not a normal adjustment to odors, anymore than a loss of one of the other four senses. The process is the equivalent of using a chemical blinding agent to escape the unpleasantness of a bright light; when that chemical is known to be both poisonous and carcinogenic. By design, the freshening chemical causes damage to the mucous membrane, which is claimed to be temporary. However, no long-term studies have ever been done to test the effects of chronic exposure. It is important to remember that anything inhaled is immediately absorbed into the blood through the lungs relatively unchanged.

Unfortunately there is not much data being shared on Febreze and their many products, but the Environmental Working Group (EWG) did conduct a test for the ingredients of one of their products, Febreze Air Effects.

Shockingly, P&G only disclosed THREE ingredients in this product, but the EWG…they found 87 chemicals in total!

Now this is just one Febreze product, but the fact that only 3 ingredients were disclosed and that so many undisclosed ingredients are dangerous, it’s safe to assume that their other air fresheners are just as dangerous.

Febreze Ingredients

Below you’ll find a list of just some of the 87 chemicals found by the EWG in Febreze Air Effects, listed in order of their toxicity to humans:

  • BHT – Known as a neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor, immunotoxicity, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin eye and lung irritator
  • Acetaldehyde – Known to cause cancer, toxic to reproduction and development, immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin, skin, eye and lung irritator
  • “Fragrance” – One of the three ingredients actually disclosed, it’s a neurotoxin, immunotoxin and allergen
  • Propylene Glycol – Causes cancer, allergies, toxic to immune system, accumulates in the system, non-reproductive organ system toxin, is classified with “enhanced skin absorption” and irritates the skin, eye and lung
  • 1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol – Carcinogenic (causes cancer)
  • Limonene – Allergen, immunotoxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Methyl pyrrolidone – Toxin to reproduction and development, allergen and immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Alcohol denatured – Also disclosed in the ingredients of Febreze, it’s linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Butylphenyl methylpropion al – allergen, immunotoxin and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Ethyl acetate – linked to developmental/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, organic system toxicity and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Geraniol – Linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, organi system toxicity and and skin, eyes and lung irritation
  • Linalool – allergen, immunotoxin, and and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Benzaldehyde – neurotoxin, and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Diethylene glycol monoethyl ether – non-reproductive organ system toxicity
  • Ethylhezanol – developmental and reproductive toxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • Hexyl cinnamal – allergen, immunotoxin and skin, eyes and lung irritator
  • And way too many more…

You can find the EWG’s full report on the dangers of Febreze and other common cleaners here.

Removing Odors Naturally

Again, it’s important to understand that these types of products are not only dangerous to our health, but they aren’t actually cleaning the air or eliminating odor. They are just masking it…the bacteria and molecules are still hanging around, maybe even making you sick themselves.

If you really want to remove odors naturally there are two recommendations I have:

  1. Types of Houseplants That Clean the Air – In this article I’ll point out the best houseplants to use to freshen indoor air, as well as just how effective they really are.
  2. Removing Odor Naturally – Here I’ll show you how you can actually remove odors for all kinds of surfaces…safely, easily and naturally.
  3. ACTUALLY Purify the Air: Febreze doesn’t purify, but only masks odors. But essential oils can actually purify the air and eliminates odor.

Source: The Dangers of Febreze.

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Main Factors That Influence Indoor Air Quality Nashville, TN

Main Factors That Influence Indoor Air Quality Nashville, TN

Everyone knows that pollution is a bad thing, but often the term pollution is used in reference to big cities and the outdoor environment. However, there is an equally important concern: indoor air pollution.

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Indoor air quality and pollution

According to the CDC, research over the last few years has established that indoor air can be more seriously contaminated compared to the outdoor air even in the biggest cities. Also, as noted by the CDC, because people spend nearly 90% of their time indoors, the health risk of exposure to air pollution while indoors may exceed the risks associated with outdoor pollution.

Along the same line, the World Health Organization has estimated that about 4.3 million people globally die every year as a result of indoor air pollution. It for this reason that John Bower, the founder of Healthy House Institute, argued that walking into a building today can sometimes be likened to putting your head into a plastic bag that is full poisonous fumes.

How basements contribute to poor indoor air quality

In the United States, basement are one of the major causes of indoor pollution. This is because many basements are often damp and dirty. High moisture in basements causes the growth of mold. As the mold grows, it pollutes the air through the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

VOCs and mold spores are associated with health issues such as allergies and respiratory problems. The musty odors that are associated with mold are also uncomfortable. Also, a high level of humidity in basements makes it possible for air to carry many other types of harmful pollutants.

The connection between basements and your home’s indoor air quality is due to the fact that about 50% of the air you breathe on the first floor circulates through the basement. Therefore, if the air in the basement is polluted due to mold and other harmful compounds, there is a high chance that your indoor air quality will be poor.

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Basement waterproofing as a solution to indoor air pollution

Basement waterproofing involves addressing the issues that make basements wet to prevent the growth of mold and eliminate the basement’s clamminess. The process helps improve indoor air quality in the following ways:

  • Keeping the basement dry – Basement waterproofing techniques such as sealing foundation wall cracks and improving the drainage around a basement help keep away water and moisture. This keeps the basement dry and prevents dampness and other harmful effects of high humidity on indoor air.
  • Preventing the growth of mold – Mold thrives in wet or humid conditions. Therefore, if you keep your basement dry through waterproofing, you make the space unconducive for mold to grow.

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How To Know If You Have A Superior Ventilation System In Your Home New York, NY

How To Know If You Have A Superior Ventilation System In Your Home New York, NY

Ventilation is the process of intentionally introducing outdoor air into spaces such as houses or rooms while removing stale air. The aim of ventilation is to regulate indoor air quality by displacing and diluting indoor pollutants. A good ventilation system should therefore be able to remove or dilute any indoor pollutants and distribute fresh air in your house.

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Ventilation systems also play numerous roles that improve the quality of indoor air. Below are four benefits of a good ventilation system.

  1. Controls air impurities

It is important for every home or building to have good circulation of indoor air in order to constantly get a supply of fresh air. A constant supply of fresh air into a building reduces the risk of indoor air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 4.3 million people across the world die annually as a result of poor indoor air quality.

A good ventilation system helps improve indoor air quality by expelling different types of pollutants including bacteria, moisture, musty odors and dust.

  1. Stops condensation

Another benefit of a good ventilation system is that it stops condensation in any indoor space. Condensation occurs as a result of a buildup of moisture. The moisture condenses on various sources to form water droplets.

Condensation can lead to the growth of mold on various surfaces including drywalls, walls and floors. Another problem that stems from condensation is wood decay, which occurs when wooden items have a moisture content that exceeds 20%. 

By removing moisture, a ventilation system helps stop problems such as condensation and growth of mold, thus improving indoor air quality.

  1. Regulates air

Unless you have installed a good ventilation system, you are not able to control the movement of air in your home. Too much cold air coming in may mean high energy costs due to heating. A good ventilation system controls the amount of air that enters a building and ensures that your indoor air is of the right quality and has the right temperature.

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  1. Controls air temperature

The ability to control air temperature is a notable benefit of a good ventilation system. Room temperatures change due to factors such as weather, the location of the room, the number and size of windows, and the number of people in a room.

A good ventilation system adjusts the temperature accordingly so that your indoor space does not become hot and stuffy when there are many people or when the incoming air becomes hotter.

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‘Vaccines alone cannot end this’ – Oireachtas committee hears good ventilation key to suppressing COVID-19

‘Vaccines alone cannot end this’ – Oireachtas committee hears good ventilation key to suppressing COVID-19

Ireland’s failure to promote good ventilation as a means to halt the spread of COVID-19 is risking future infections, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

Ms Orla Hegarty, from the UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, said tackling air quality indoors was an effective tool in fighting the spread of the virus.

“The problem is infected air,” she told the Oireachtas Committee on Health. “We now understand that risk of transmission is predominantly indoors and very specific to certain buildings and indoor air conditions. These conditions are preventable.

“Most transmission is not from hands touching surfaces, it is from inhaling infected air. Masks are the only protection at close range. Outdoors, the virus is diluted and blown away. However, in buildings and vehicles, it can build up, fill a space, linger for hours and infect many people.

“Buildings are key to suppressing the pandemic,” she added. “Prevention is about managing people and managing air. Vaccines alone cannot end this. They need the support of a parallel prevention plan.”

The Committee heard that in Ireland more than half of the people who died from COVID-19 had been infected in just 0.03% of the State’s building, less than 670 buildings, and that infection rates in overcrowded private homes were twice that of uncrowded homes.

One in four school buildings has had a COVID index case in the past four months, Ms Hegarty said – adding that over half of the cases in workplace outbreaks have been in just 150 buildings across the whole of Ireland.

Ms Orla Hegarty, UCD School of Architecture,planning and Environmental Policy

“Many counties are achieving low-risk social and economic activity using prevention policies that manage people and their air,” said the UCD lecturer.

“Countries like Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and China have responded with a clear message on ventilation as prevention. They did this from the beginning of the pandemic.

“Western countries, especially English-speaking western countries, have been especially slow and, I would say, resistant to adopting this as part of the pandemic response. We can see the outcomes in comparing cases and deaths across the two different regions.”

Adding: “Eliminating unsafe conditions protects everyone, including children, people with compromised immunity and those not vaccinated.

“It also mitigates the risk of variants, and of super-spread events. Vaccines alone cannot provide enough headroom for reopening. A prevention plan is needed.”

Ms Hegarty noted a number of strategies taken to improve air quality, include reducing the occupancy of buildings, limiting certain activities, setting indoor air standards and improving ventilation and filtration in buildings.

The committee , which met to discuss the role of ventilation in achieving better health outcome, heard that certain places presented “significantly higher risks of transmitting COVID-19”, such as restaurants, pubs, cinemas, hotels, and sports venues.

Also highlighted was that while a lot of older schools built before the 1970s were designed “with the memory of TB prevention (still alive)”, and as such, had cross-ventilation, higher ceilings and more space, these elements had been “squeezed down and engineered out” of more recent school buildings.

“Clearly, many buildings are low-risk because, otherwise, the pandemic would be even worse,” said Ms Hegarty. “The issue, therefore, is how we find the conditions that are dangerous and deal with them

“As humans, we cannot guess at this, no more than we can guess at safe water… The key point in all of this is that we do not need to prevent every case to stop a pandemic. We do not need to deal with every building. We just need to do enough to get the R-nought below 1.

“Very strategic activity in places where people gather in large numbers, on public transport and in particular high-risk settings such as meat plants, could have a very substantial impact overall.

“It is not a case of spending money on every building or changing everybody’s home. It is about advising people how to live more safely so that they can make strategic decisions that are safer.”

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How Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Workouts New York, NY

How Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Workouts New York, NY

Physical activity is encouraged for greater wellness. However, not everyone is able to leave their homes to work out outdoors or in a gym. There are many who opt to work out at home. This is an easy and convenient solution, especially during winter when conditions outside aren’t favorable.

While getting your body moving for a few minutes is great for your overall wellness, the state of indoor air quality in your home may be having the opposite effect on your health.

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When we exercise, we take deeper breaths more frequently. In addition, getting your heart pumping will often mean that you’re sidestepping your nose and that all-important filtration system that it provides. If you’re working out at home with poor indoor air quality,you’re inhaling pollutants that could affect your health in the long term.

The air in many homes contains a wide variety of pollutants. These include carbon monoxide, allergens, dust, carbon dioxide as well as chemicals from carpeting, smoke, cleaning products and much more. Exposure to these pollutants can cause a variety of health problems over time. You may notice that you feel more fatigued or have developed conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, cognitive dysfunction, heart problems and much more.

Improve indoor air quality for better health

Studies have shown that the indoor air quality in many residential properties is many times more polluted than the air outdoors. Therefore, the best way to ensure your health while working out is to get out of the house and exercise outdoors. However, this isn’t always possible. The weather may interfere with your efforts to work out or you may be too shy to workout outdoors.

If you prefer to work out at home, you should work to improve the quality of air in your home. There are various ways you can do this.

  1. Bring in some greenery

Add plants to your indoor space to improve air quality. You should look for plants that are known particularly for their ability to purify air.

  • Install a whole home ventilation system
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Leaving the windows open isn’t an option when weather conditions outside are unfavorable. It can get too cold in the winter and too hot and humid in the summer. A great solution to ensure better air quality is to install a whole-home ventilation system. These systems get rid of polluted indoor air and pump fresh air from the outdoors into the home.

Do you work out at home? You may want to check the quality of the air in your home for better health.

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Indoor Air Quality Tips to Fight the Flu New Jersey

Indoor Air Quality Tips to Fight the Flu New Jersey

When flu season comes around, it can hit hard. Nobody enjoys the runny nose, the stuffiness, constant headaches or dry mouth that come with the flu. However, just because it is flu season doesn’t mean that you should surrender to the fate of catching an infection. There are steps you can take to avoid catching the flu or help you recover much faster. 

Indoor Air Quality | New Jersey | EZ BreatheThe indoor air quality of your home plays a significant role in your health. Poor air quality can result in serious health complications. Mold, dust, allergens and bacteria can make the symptoms of flu even more serious.

The following are some upgrades you can make in your home to improve indoor air quality and protect your health.

1. Install a whole-home ventilation system
The presence of mold, bacteria, dust and allergens such as pollen in the air can result in severe flu symptoms and complications. It is also important to note that viruses that cause the flu are airborne. This means that they are transmitted from person to person through droplets in the air that are formed when infected people sneeze or cough.

Installing a ventilation system in your home will help to get rid of polluted indoor air and bring in fresh air from the outside. This is unlike other systems that only circulate the air within the home. Many systems aren’t able to filter out bacteria and viruses from the air. A ventilation system assures you of clean air. Indoor Air Quality | New Jersey | EZ Breathe

2. Invest in a humidifier
Indoor air quality isn’t only about pollutants in the air. It’s about the composition of the air. This includes the level of humidity. Low humidity levels provide the perfect conditions for viruses to survive. High humidity levels, on the other hand, will result in the growth of mold, which is also dangerous for your health.

If you install a ventilation system, you won’t have to worry about high humidity levels. However, low humidity levels can be an issue, especially during the winter. Investing in a humidifier will help to increase humidity levels to a level that will make it difficult for viruses to survive. Increased humidity will also reduce irritation of the airways and skin.

Indoor air quality plays an important role in the health of your household. Use the tips above to improve the quality of air in your home and prevent the spread of the flu or improve your recovery.

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May Is Allergy & Awareness Month

Take a deep breath in….aaaaaand exhale out….

Now, think about the fact that you will do that approximately 22,000-25,000 times EACH DAY.  That equates to 3,200 gallons of air you will breathe per day (about the same amount of gallons of water that’s in a 20’x40’ in-ground pool!).

Compare that to what you drink & eat. 

  • You drink an average of 3 ½ cups of liquid per day
  • You eat an average of 5 ½ lbs. of food per day.indoor air particles - ezbreathe

We put a lot of consideration in to the kinds of food & drink we put in our body, but do we do the same with the air we breathe?

The foods we eat come with Nutrition Information, or what I like to call, an “Ingredients Disclosure”.  What if our house had the same thing?  What would be listed in your home’s Ingredients Disclosure?

Studies show that the air in our homes are, at a minimum, 5 times more polluted than the air outside.  And we are breathing 3,200 gallons of that air every day.  What are you doing about that?

air fresheners & spray - ezbreatheSome of the most common “solutions” actually make the indoor environment worse.  Things like candles, plug in air fresheners & sprays actually add dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in to our home.  Standard vacuums (without HEPA filtration), actually take the fine dirt particles & chemical compounds from the floor & introduce them in to the air.  While you mean well, there’s a very good chance you are making the indoor environment less healthy. 

According to the US EPA, improving IAQ involves a combination of Source Control & Ventilation.  Source control means eliminating the source.  Sometimes, this can be as simple as stop using and getting rid of the air fresheners, sprays, candles & plug ins. 

breathing in and out - ezbreatheVentilation is a must.  And, it is key to improving your indoor air quality. Installing a whole house ventilation system to flush out all that stagnant, polluted, unhealthy air will allow for fresher, cleaner air into the home. Removing indoor pollutants, such as asthma and allergy triggers, fumes from cleaning products, gases emitted from paint/carpet/etc. (VOCs), carbon dioxide, airborne particles, pet dander, smoke and odors from cooking, moisture from bathing, cooking, foundations etc. significantly improves the indoor air we breathe. We know enough to vent our bathrooms & kitchens with required exhaust ventilation systems.

The question is not whether to ventilate or not to ventilate. The question is, how much ventilation we need?  A whole house mechanical ventilation system allows you to customize the amount of air exchanged in the home.

Our homes are not only our single biggest financial investment, but it is where we live, breathe, sleep & create memories.  It’s time to give our homes the care & attention they need, our health depends on it.

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Indoor Air Quality: 4 Benefits of a Good Ventilation System Cleveland, OH

Indoor Air Quality: 4 Benefits of a Good Ventilation System Cleveland, OH

Ventilation is the process of intentionally introducing outdoor air into spaces such as houses or rooms while removing stale air. The aim of ventilation is to regulate indoor air quality by displacing and diluting indoor pollutants. A good ventilation system should therefore be able to remove or dilute any indoor pollutants and distribute fresh air in your house. Indoor Air Quality | Cleveland, OH | EZ Breathe Ventilation System

Ventilation systems also play numerous roles that improve the quality of indoor air. Below are four benefits of a good ventilation system.

  1. Controls air impurities

It is important for every home or building to have good circulation of indoor air in order to constantly get a supply of fresh air. A constant supply of fresh air into a building reduces the risk of indoor air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 4.3 million people across the world die annually as a result of poor indoor air quality.

A good ventilation system helps improve indoor air quality by expelling different types of pollutants including bacteria, moisture, musty odors and dust.

  1. Stops condensation

Another benefit of a good ventilation system is that it stops condensation in any indoor space. Condensation occurs as a result of a buildup of moisture. The moisture condenses on various sources to form water droplets.

Condensation can lead to the growth of mold on various surfaces including drywalls, walls and floors. Another problem that stems from condensation is wood decay, which occurs when wooden items have a moisture content that exceeds 20%.

By removing moisture, a ventilation system helps stop problems such as condensation and growth of mold, thus improving indoor air quality.  Indoor Air Quality | Cleveland, OH | EZ Breathe Ventilation System

  1. Regulates air

Unless you have installed a good ventilation system, you are not able to control the movement of air in your home. Too much cold air coming in may mean high energy costs due to heating. A good ventilation system controls the amount of air that enters a building and ensures that your indoor air is of the right quality and has the right temperature.

  1. Controls air temperature

The ability to control air temperature is a notable benefit of a good ventilation system. Room temperatures change due to factors such as weather, the location of the room, the number and size of windows, and the number of people in a room.

A good ventilation system adjusts the temperature accordingly so that your indoor space does not become hot and stuffy when there are many people or when the incoming air becomes hotter.

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