Are you planning a home renovation? If so, maintaining indoor air quality while remodeling should be a top priority. Building materials and renovation products can introduce harmful chemicals into your home's air supply. Hazardous substances already in the structure can cause allergic reactions, worsen asthma and other respiratory problems, or cause long-term health concerns if they're disturbed and become airborne.
What Hurts Your Home's IAQ?
- Lead dust from paint made prior to 1978
- Asbestos used until the 1970s in insulation materials, acoustic and floor tiles, linoleum, glue, caulking, plaster and other materials
- Formaldehyde that's still used in adhesives and pressed wood products.
- Mold, mildew and other biological contaminants in wall cavities, ceilings and unconditioned areas
Tips to Maintain Healthy Indoor Air
- Test for issues that can impact air quality like asbestos, toxic mold and lead paint. If any issue is identified, make sure the appropriate steps are taken before renovations begin to remove or contain the contaminants and keep them out of the air supply.
- Before any demolition or construction takes place, properly seal the HVAC system registers to keep dust and debris out of the ducts.
- Have a professional evaluation to ensure the home has ample ventilation. This is not only important while you're renovating, it's also essential to maintain healthy air quality on a day-to-day basis.
- Take extra care with stains, paints, sealants, varnishes, adhesives and similar products that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Have finishes applied in a well-ventilated area, in the garage or outdoors. To minimize exposure, use eco-friendly, low-VOC products whenever possible.
- Seal off the work area with barriers made from plastic sheeting, keep the windows open in the construction zone and use fans to vent airborne debris outdoors. Also, make sure the construction crew takes steps to keep the area as clean and debris-free as possible.