How Indoor Air Quality Affects the Housing Market

You spend most of your time indoors, so it stands to reason that the air in your home should be fresh and free of dust, mold, pollen, pet dander and other contaminants.

Air isn’t as light as it seems. It’s pushing on your skin right now with up to 15 pounds of pressure per square inch, a weight so familiar you can’t feel it.

Your lungs feel it, though, especially when it’s bogged down with toxins. And while we tend to think of air pollution as an outdoor threat, it can be even worse inside the buildings where we live and work.

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There may also be a problem if your garage is attached to your home. That’s because any fuel from cars, lawnmowers or motorcycles parked there can seep through the walls and affect the air in your home. Chemicals and paints stored in the garage can also pose a problem.

As regulations and laws on building code for homes continues to evolve, so too are the buyers who are looking to purchase those homes.

So far in 2017, there is an even greater emphasis on transparency with regard to chemical ingredients in building materials and with regard to the indoor air quality. We’ve recently covered indoor air quality tests in depth, and you can find that article, here.

These recent changes are leading design teams and builders to consider tools such as indoor air quality tests, and home energy & efficiency checks, or other means of disclosure or optimization of the chemical make-up of building materials. This is another evolution to emphasizing the health and wellness of the building occupants, and it’s becoming increasingly important to homeowners.

As an example, more and more realtors are also looking to ensure that the indoor air quality of the homes they are selling is checked, and updated if needed.

Additionally, more Gen-X and Millennial buyers are requesting that the indoor air quality of a prospective home is checked, and reported prior to making an offer on a home.

Testing the home will help to determine what your indoor air quality levels are and where to focus your efforts. A new home will need to have adequate ventilation and a thorough cleaning to reduce the amount of indoor air pollution.

For more information on testing the indoor air quality of your home, contact the experts at TIES360 today.

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