sick kid istock may 2011

an efficient home is a healthy home.

Did you know that the air quality inside your home can be more polluted than the air outside, according to the American Lung Association? And indoor air quality is considered one of the top five environmental risks to public health.

Fortunately, addressing your home’s energy efficiency — through air and duct sealing, proper ventilation, and the elimination of moisture issues — can also improve the air your family breathes day and night.This can mean lower health care costs for those whose homes act as a trigger for asthma, allergies, or other respiratory illnesses resulting from mold growing unseen in the home, low-level carbon monoxide backdrafting, or gas leaks.

40% of asthma episodes are caused by triggers in the home which can include dust mites, pollen, mold, carbon monoxide, excessive carbon dioxide, and other chemical fumes.

For more information:

Moisture and Mold Tips from the Local Energy Alliance Program
ENERGY STAR Tipsheet on Mold, Mildew and Musty Odors
Environmental Protection Agency’s Guide to Mold, Mildew and Your Home

“Through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, we got fans and vents in our bathroom and kitchen and new windows. These measures greatly reduced condensation and mold in our home – a big plus, especially since our daughter has asthma and we are always trying to reduce her symptoms.”
–Virginia Home Performance with ENERGY STAR homeowner