By Kathryn Grandstaff
On this week’s “breeze” of an episode, Craig and I talk to Don Weekes, chair of AIHA’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Group and president of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), about indoor air quality in the home and winterization tips and tricks. Here are our top 5 takeaways this week:
- Indoor air quality is the assessment of interior environmental factors that affect the health of a building’s occupants, including temperature, humidity, mold and carbon monoxide.
- You don’t always have to call for back-up. Many home winterization projects can be tackled by homeowners themselves, but be sure to pick up the right tools.
- “Sick buildings” are buildings that have had a variety of indoor air quality issues over time and make occupants uncomfortable or ill as a result.
- Though guidelines exist, there are no federal enforceable indoor air quality standards. However, several states and localities have enforceable standards regarding mold.
- For more information about specialized IAQ consultants, please visit the indoor air quality section of the AIHA Buyer’s Guide.