Improve Your Home's Envelope and Keep Out Spring Allergies

If you’re a Louisville resident with seasonal allergies, you probably remember how bad last Spring was. For some people, an itchy throat and watery eyes can be relieved just by stepping indoors. For many other Kentucky residents, however, dealing with allergy issues can persist even in the comfort of their own homes. Know that you’re not alone in your seasonal sniffles! The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports that almost 8% of adults in the United States suffer from hay fever. So how can we fix this problem? It all starts with improving poor indoor air quality.

Causes Of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that indoor air can be significantly dirtier (sometimes 100 times more) than outside air? Recognized as an environmental threat by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), poor indoor air quality affects homeowners throughout the world. Understanding the causes of indoor air quality isn’t always easy, however. While it’s true that every scenario is different, the following causes are typically the most common:

  • Dust & allergens

  • Mold

  • Smoke

  • Chemicals from building materials

  • Outdoor air pollution

  • Leaky ductwork

Some of the main causes of poor indoor air quality, like dust, mold, and chemicals from building materials, as well as leaky ductwork, come from inside your home. Typically, when someone has their ductwork cleaned the company does not remove and clean the blower-wheel and A-coil (because they're not licensed to do so) and these two things are usually the dirtiest parts of the HVAC and duct system. Other causes, like smoke and outdoor pollution, occur externally which means that outside air is infiltrating your home.  Regardless of origin, there are steps you can take to improve your indoor air quality. One of the most effective first steps to take is to focus on your home’s shell, or “building envelope”.

Improving The Building Envelope

A helpful exercise to better understand the building envelope is to view your home as a system, where all parts (regardless of size) work together to create one well-functioning unit. Taking another step in that direction, it’s also helpful to consider how your home interacts with its external environment. To put it simply, the building envelope is what separates the conditioned and unconditioned areas of a home. This means that a poorly-designed building envelope will allow outside air into the home, which can be the driving force behind the indoor allergies that impact Louisville residents.

Improving the building envelope with an air sealing and insulation job will ensure that poor quality outdoor air containing allergens will stay out, so you can keep the clean air in. Starting with a home energy audit from Building Performance, you’ll get the bigger picture on issues that are impacting your home along with advice on helpful solutions.You wouldn’t go years without getting your vehicle inspected, so why not get your home inspected? When it comes to improving home performance, knowing is half the battle. Conducting a yearly home energy audit will keep you up to date on your Louisville area home’s performance, so you can keep it running smoothly.

Don’t let spring allergies bring you down. Contact us today to learn more about improving your home’s building envelope.