The homes we live in can be a source of great comfort and joy, but they can also be challenging in terms of our overall health and well-being. A hundred years ago, our homes tended to be healthier places to live in because, for the most part, they were drafty and built with lumber and materials that did not outgas as much as they do today. Our homes today, however, tend to be very energy efficient, tightly constructed, and well insulated, with very low infiltration rates of outdoor air, and they are often unhealthy to live in—unless they have certain HVAC accessories and indoor air-quality improvement products.
This book will list and describe early-warning danger signs of an unhealthy home. Each chapter will focus on a particular indoor pollutant or house characteristic that might lead to home-induced illnesses. A recurring theme will be how to diagnose the problems and what solutions are available. A good diagnosis is critical and may be best done by a certified indoor air-quality assessor or indoor environmental professional. Many of the recommended solutions will be HVAC related (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) and best installed by a qualified HVAC contractor.