Homeowners are always looking for ways to improve their properties. One popular method is to hire outside contractors to complete the construction or remodeling job.
During rehab construction or remodeling, when walls are knocked down or additions are built, dust is produced in large amounts. While contractors are primarily focused on completing the task they were hired to do, they also must account for the indoor air quality during the work phase – for the health of both their workers and the building’s occupants.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines IAQ as the quality of air inside
a building – the cleaner the air, the better the IAQ. But to maintain clean air, action must be taken as even small home remodeling jobs can release dust and harmful particles. Small projects, such as newly installed flooring and carpet, can create noxious vapors. Sanding and cutting can emit chemicals from stains, paints and mineral dust. These fumes and contaminants emitted from indoor construction can cause health problems such as burning eyes, sore throat, headache and breathing problems.
But compromised indoor air quality isn’t a given in the homebuilding industry. As long as builders maintain a proactive approach to handling dust and other air pollutants, they can position themselves as a leader among construction or remodeling firms. By minimizing the risk of an unhealthy indoor air quality, a builder can stand out from their competition, while also protecting themselves and their laborers.
To do this, most builders will seal off a workspace from the rest of the building. But this isn’t enough. Vents throughout the home then need to be sealed. Doing so will prevent fumes and dust particles from traveling to areas of the home sealed off from where the construction or remodeling is taking place. Builders will then have to control the airflow of the building, which can be accomplished by creating a negative air pressure environment. Outdoor air needs to be constantly circulated indoors, as it can help draw in clean, fresh air.
Finally, HEPA filters capture airborne dust and other particles. These filters are the strongest on the market and builders should utilize HEPA filters during every phase of a project. Without a HEPA, dust particles can affect the IAQ and health of any person, especially those who suffer from asthma or other respiratory issues.
We work with our customers in the homebuilding industry by providing expert advice on indoor environmental issues and by supplying them with high-quality air ventilation equipment and HEPA filters.
Contact Air Impurities Removal Systems, Inc. today for a free estimate. (800) 236-1889.