Healthy Air

Don’t you love that new car smell?

No, not the air freshener version, I mean the real thing. There is nothing quite like it, except maybe that new home smell that select few ever get to experience.

But did you know that smell you are breathing is actually an unhealthy build-up of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in the air? The off-gassing of plastics, adhesives, carpets, paints, and other materials is what we know as “new car smell”. Folks, this is not the luxury we think it is. Rather, it contributes to irritations, headaches, and allergies in many people. In some cases, the effects are severe.

How is the air in my home critical for my health?

The average adult in your home breathes over 3000 gallons of air per day. Per pound, children breathe even more air; and are more susceptible to air pollutants.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “Indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times, and occasionally, more than 100 times higher than outdoor levels. Indoor air pollutants are of particular concern because most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. Common sources can include burning kerosene, wood or oil, smoking tobacco products, releases from household cleaners, pesticides, building materials, and radon.”

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAA&I) reports: “Seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever, affects millions of people worldwide. Symptoms include sneezing, stuffiness, a runny nose and itchiness in your nose, the roof of your mouth, throat, eyes or ears. These allergic reactions are most commonly caused by pollen and mold spores in the air, which start a chain reaction in your immune system.”

A friend of mine struggles with allergies for most of her adult life. She was on medication and supplements, but still suffered. Moving into her new home changed everything. She was able to drop the medication, keeping the supplements, and enjoy life much more. This change was dramatic, and came from simply moving from an old home to a new home. How much more the change if she had moved to a new healthy home!

In addition to reducing or eliminating off-gassing of VOC by our choice of materials, we provide healthy air by sticking to the slogan: “Build tight, and ventilate right”; and by significantly reducing the possibility of mold growth.

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