Checklist for Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Diane Scimeca, Reichel, Claudette Hanks, Fair, Sheri R.  |  9/22/2007 4:44:38 AM

Control of Mold, Dust Mites Other Biological Pollutants 

___  Moisture-control construction methods (see Checklist for Decay Resistance)

___  Air infiltration control (See Checklist for Energy-efficiency)

Ventilation and dehumidification:

___  Right-sized air conditioner (manual J calculation)

___  Controlled, filtered fresh-air supply AND dehumidification to maintain RH
         < 60% and slight positive pressure

___  Dehumidifying whole-house supply ventilation system OR

___  Fresh-air duct with automatic flow controller plus separate dehumidifier OR

___  Variable-capacity air conditioner with fresh air duct and controller

___  Air-tight duct system (sealed connections)

___  No attic power vent

___  50-75 cfm bathroom exhaust fans with timer or humidistat

___  100-400 cfm range/cooktop hood exhaust

___  Pleated HVAC filter (7-9 MERV rating)

For households with allergies, asthma:

___  Central vacuum system or HEPA portable vacuum

___  10-12 MERV HVAC filter

___  No carpeting in bedroom, family room

___  Dehumidifier capacity to keep RH below 50%

___  Entry designed for large, outside doormats; washable rug inside

___  Planned outdoor space for pets

Control of Combustion Pollutants


___  Carport or detached garage OR

___  attached garage well air-sealed from living space

___  No living space above garage

___  Garage attic isolated from home attic

___  No unvented combustion source

___  Carbon monoxide detector

Protection from backdrafting:

___  Only direct-vent, sealed-combustion furnace, fireplace, water heater, if 
         indoors

___  Bedroom return-air grilles or ducts

___  Dampered fresh-air intake in laundry room (or window)

Control of Other Indoor Pollutants


___  Integrated pest management

___  Low-VOC paints, stains, sealants, adhesives, cleaning products, etc.

___  Substitute for any formaldehyde materials (or seal them)

___  Low-emission-labeled carpet, aired before installation

___  Substitute for any lead-based products

___  Modern mud room at family entry (shoe bins)

___  Radon home test

___  Soil-gas prevention system

___  If hypersensitive, minimize PVC, electromagnetic field, dyes, etc.

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