During the winter the house is constantly sealed shut to keep the cold out, so it is imperative to make sure the indoor air quality is at its best. A good home inspector can educate the client about this issue.
Signs of deteriorating air quality include the presence of mold and mildew, stale air, minimal air movement and unexpected odors.
There is 2 ways to determine the air quality:
- Test the air. This will provide the client with a better understanding of the air quality in the home.
- Humidity control is another way for inspectors to provide insight into the air quality control. High moisture levels in the air can increase the chance of mold and dust mite growth. If high levels of condensation are noted, dehumidifiers are a good option to maintain optimal humidity levels. Sometimes homes just need better ventilation to maintain better air quality.
A good inspector will always verify that air from clothes dryers, and bathroom and kitchen fans is vented outside the structure.
Homeowners will also want to keep their homes as dust-free as they can during winter months. Regular dusting and vacuuming can help. Furnace filters should be replaced every 30-45 days.
Maintaining the indoor air quality of a home is one way of having a healthy winter.
By: Anthony Pope
AP Inspections Inc.
Wauconda IL 60084
License number: 450.000461