Whether you’re remodeling to change the look of a space or make your home more energy efficient, it’s vital to maintain good indoor air quality throughout the project. Air quality is important because dust and potentially harmful particulates can build up in areas like floors, ceilings or walls. Sanding, painting, drilling, cutting and using chemical-based products also introduce pollutants that may affect your family’s health.
By planning ahead and promoting good ventilation during a remodel, you’ll minimize the distribution of harmful substances throughout your home.
How to Keep IAQ High During a Remodel
- Know what’s in the space: Before the project begins, hire a professional to test the space for radon, lead, mold and asbestos. Depending on the findings, you may need to hire a contractor to address any problematic areas.
- Seal off ducts and vents: Prevent dust and harmful particles from spreading throughout the home by sealing off vents and ducts in the remodel area. A professional HVAC contractor can help with this task if you’re not sure about how to do it correctly.
- Remedy mold: If you find mold in your home’s building materials during a remodel, replace the affected areas and correct the underlying problem so it no longer affects indoor air quality.
- Ventilate: Open windows and use fans to vent fumes that paint, adhesives and other products create. If the weather isn’t optimal, use an air purifier, the HVAC system and a dehumidifier to ensure the products dry or cure appropriately.
- Build barriers: Hang poly sheeting around door frames or along thresholds to create barriers that prevent the spread of dust and pollutants.
Good indoor air quality is essential to promote your family’s health and well-being. To make sure your A/C is in good enough shape to handle the dusty conditions, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. For the last three generations, we’ve proudly served New Jersey’s Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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