Indoor Air Quality
During Nebraska winters, most of the energy used in homes and businesses keeps the interior warm. As we improve the energy efficiency of existing homes and businesses by adding insulation, sealing up air leakage or implementing ways to reduce heating to where and when needed, we often create indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns.
If you find yourself unfamiliar with Nebraska’s major IAQ concerns, review information at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Service’s Indoor Air Quality Program (link: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/enh_indoor.aspx).
Major IAQ issues in our state include:
Radon Carbon Monoxide
Biologicals & Airborne illnesses
Volatile Organic Compounds
There are several solutions to consider. Some are as simple and inexpensive as changing your heating system’s air filter or caulking around areas where outside air is infiltrating. Others may require optimizing or replacing your current heating system. Chances are, all IAQ solutions will impact ongoing heating and/or air-conditioning costs.
Safe Electricity link: https://safeelectricity.org/