What is Indoor Air Quality and Why is it Important?

Published March 28, 2018.
Est. Reading: 3 minutes

Indoor air quality plays a significant role in living a healthy life. In simple terms, indoor air quality refers to the quality of air within the living zone. Custom homes are often designed to enjoy time at home, entertain guests, and enjoy indoor activities as well. Therefore, thinking about air quality does become important when planning your new custom home.

Indoor air quality may get affected by many items and materials used indoors, but your new custom home can be designed to have good indoor air quality. As experienced Calgary custom home builders, we want to provide you with as much information as possible about how to design your home to have the best indoor air quality and to learn simple things you can do at home to maintain it.

What Affects the Air Quality in Your New Custom Home

  • Humidity or excessive moisture can affect your home's air quality. Your home's relative humidity should be in the range of 30% to 50%. Rooms that are expected to have humidity, such as kitchens and bathrooms, should have a system that allows correcting the relative humidity.
  • Mold also affects indoor air quality and can enter your home via heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. One of the best ways to prevent mold in your new Calgary home is to control humidity and repair any water damage. An experienced builder in Calgary will use the best procedures to prevent air leakage and moisture in the building envelope.
  • Chemical contaminants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) can be found on certain building materials, make sure to have excellent communication with your Calgary inner city home builder to use quality building materials for your new custom home that can allow you to have better indoor air quality.
  • Selecting a professional Calgary home builder who can suggest you about effective protective arrangements or filters to prevent combustion pollutants can be essential to have better indoor air quality at home. Combustion gases are mostly generated on gas stoves, dryers, water heaters, etc. Hence, it is recommended to know about the proper location of these items at home and to use the proper ventilation when operating objects such as the gas stove.

Providing Good Air Quality For your New Dream Home

Having good communication with your builder can be key to select low-emitting building materials. Furthermore, allowing your custom home design to have appropriate ventilation. A good design of the heating, ventilation and air filtration systems can be essential. Additionally, once your custom home is ready, make sure to keep ventilation fans and air ducts clean, and prevent vapor condensation, dampness, and water over extended periods of times.

Ready to build your new custom home with us? Contact Sunset Homes today; we can guide you through the best design for your new custom home. We will prepare a free quote for your new dream home and give you more information about our custom homes and major renovations.

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Too Long Didn’t Read (TLDR)

Having good indoor air quality means also living a healthier life. Select a custom home builder that provides you with quality building materials and the best procedures to ensure your custom home indoor air quality.

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