Ventilation

Massachusetts home builders are building houses today that are more energy efficient… with tighter windows, thicker insulation and even vapor barriers that are both good for your home and bad for your home all at the same time. While these energy efficient homes save homeowners in energy costs, they can also prevent your home from “breathing.” Your home needs to expel the stale indoor air and exchange it for air coming in from the fresh outdoors. Indoor air pollutants such as pet dander, dust mites, and pollen can remain in a home that is not properly ventilated.Believe it or not, the air in your home could be making you sick, or could be making it harder for you to breathe. The stale indoor air may contain pollutants that can pose health risks to the home’s occupants! The solution? A mechanical home ventilation system! Lamco Systems can install mechanical ventilation such as a fan that will remove air from a single room… or a whole-house ventilation system that will remove the polluted indoor air from your home and distribute filtered and conditioned outdoor air throughout your house. But at Lamco, we don’t just add mechanical ventilation to help your home or office, but to provide employees and customers with clean, fresh, breathable air.

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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is important for every home, especially those with allergy or asthma sufferers. EPA studies show that even in the smoggiest cities, the air inside most modern homes is usually at least ten times more polluted than the air outside.

How can this be? There are many reasons, some of which were discovered only recently. They include invisible assassins like radon and CO2, as well as gas-emitting chemicals like formaldehyde used in making modern carpeting, drapery, household cleaners, furniture and building materials. There are also common airborne pollutants such as pollen, viruses, dust and dust mites and damp areas where standing water can breed mold, mildew and other microbes.

Much of this problem is attributed to the way modern homes are built—for purposes of energy efficiency, and to be as air-tight as possible. The consequence is that stale air, laced with odors, chemicals, irritants – even miniscule insects – often becomes trapped in modern homes, where it circulates over and over. This can lead to eye irritation, sinus congestion, sneezing, runny nose, stuffiness, colds, flu, headaches, dizziness, outbreaks of allergies and asthma, sore throats, and various other respiratory ailments.

So serious and prevalent is this issue that environmentalists have coined a new term for it—IAQ or Indoor Air Quality. Today’s homeowners need to become more aware of the importance of IAQ and what they can do about it. Call us today and discuss your options with one of our IAQ professionals