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Air Quality

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, where levels of pollutants may be two to five times — and occasionally more than 100 times — higher than outdoors. Improved indoor air quality involves removal of the sources of pollution; controlling the source of pollution and dilution of the pollutants. Source removal amounts to evaluating and selecting products that produce none or very low levels of potentially irritating off-gassing contaminants. Source control involves the filtering and capturing the air borne particles that otherwise would be continuously re-circulated. The strategy of dilution consists of the addition of a fresh air ventilation system to ventilate the home and exhaust pollutants to the outdoors.

Occupant comfort and safety are also aspects of indoor air quality. Occupant comfort involves maintaining proper temperature, humidity and ventilation while occupant safety involves the installation of carbon monoxide detectors.

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