The solutions used for the common problem of inadequate comfort can be broken down as follows:
While powerful exhaust appliances in tight homes can help remove indoor pollutants, they can also cause indoor air quality problems. One way to solve such problems is to eliminate chimneys and natural draft combustion appliances altogether. There are many steps you can take to help prevent or resolve air quality problems in a home including:
- Making sure your home's equipment and appliances are inspected and maintained regularly by experienced professionals. Usually, carbon monoxide (CO) buildups or other problems can be prevented with annual maintenance.
- Performing combustion air safety test (CAST) and make corrections as necessary. (When backdrafting exists, install a power vented exhaust for all fossil fuel fired appliances).
- Odors and Allergies
Controlling pollutants in your home such as carbon monoxide and lead-based paint is essential. By using appropriate materials, isolating materials, which may cause problems, and providing adequate ventilation, the levels of other indoor pollutants can be greatly reduced as well. Techniques to address these pollutants include:
- Reducing the use of chemicals with VOCs.
- Increasing ventilation rates to circulate more fresh air.
- Improving filtration within the home through use of better filters.