The Coolest Trend in Home Improvement


Although most building owners are unaware of the energy efficiency programs directed at the current building stock, they can significantly affect the interior environment of buildings.

Home performance improvement widely viewed as the latest trend in home remodeling takes a whole-house approach to home improvement where improvements to enhance the energy efficiency directly affects the comfort, health and safety in the building. In deed, the general view in building science is to intentionally controls the indoor air quality through effective energy efficiency improvement. This is achieved by executing specific steps. Below are 4 basic steps consistent with this view:

1. Tighten the envelop of the building by sealing, caulking, and insulating to create a sealed boundary between indoor and outdoor air.

2. Reduce or eradicate pollutants (toxins) sources that are in the building is one of the simplest way to deal with to improve air quality, keep them out whenever possible. In addition, Vent all combustion appliances to the outside.

3. Maintain indoor humidity within a healthy range to reduce mold sources, high moisture areas in the building such as Bathroom and kitchen must be vented properly. Bathroom fans situated on walls or in the ceiling must exhaust air outside, not just into the attic, for example. Kitchen range hoods must always be vented directly to the outside, forget the so call useful charcoal filter.

4. Intentionally introduce fresh air into the building through the use of a mechanical ventilation system, ever home should have one. In fact, commit to treating air like you do water – clean water is essential to our health, so we control it carefully. Fresh air is also essential, but in most homes (compared with being at the office), we pay no attention to controlling it. If unwanted air is kept out and fresh air is intentionally introduce this would make for a more controlled healthy indoor environment

Bundled together these 4 basic steps reduce heating and cooling costs, reduce uncomfortable drafts, minimize airborne toxins, control moisture content and generally provide for a more healthy and safe indoor environment that is comfortable.

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