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Discover all the advantages of a Savings by Design home.

Move into better indoor air quality.

Not everyone realizes the link between indoor air quality (IAQ) and your health. As Canadians, we spend about 90% of our time indoors1 (especially during the winter), but indoor air pollution can actually be up to 10X worse than outdoor air pollution.2 In fact, the EPA has ranked indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health.3 Some common symptoms associated with poor air quality are: dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, sinus issues, coughs and congestion, allergies and aggravation of asthma.4 When you move into a Savings by Design home, you can breathe easy knowing that every measure has been taken to achieve better air quality and comfort.

A healthier, comfortable home starts with tight construction.

In a Savings by Design home, your building envelope (your home’s walls, insulation, roofing, windows and doors together) and your duct system are all constructed as tightly as possible. A tight envelope helps to prevent drafts, moisture, dust and pollen from leaking in, which can help with ailments such as allergies. Additionally, it prevents warmed or cooled air from leaking out,5 which helps to increase your comfort and decrease your energy bills. It also reduces cold spots in your walls, which can be a breeding ground for mold.6 Eliminating household mold has been proven to help with asthma symptoms.7

A Savings by Design home is built to “breathe” – so you can breathe better too.

For a home to have better air quality, it needs an “optimal ventilation rate,” which is proper air intake so your house can inhale and exhale. Better ventilation continuously brings in fresh, filtered air from outside and regulates humidity. To achieve this, the “lungs” of your house – your ventilation system, heating and cooling systems – all must be installed properly. That’s why Savings by Design builders are required to thoroughly test your home’s “lungs” once they’re installed – so you and your family can breathe the cleanest indoor air possible.

 


1 http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/air/in/index-eng.php
2 http://thatfnstuffisgood.com/apf.html
3 http://www.epa.gov/region1/communities/indoorair.html
4 http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/chemicals/iaq_intro.html
5 http://www.futureproofmybuilding.com/energy-efficiency-basics-how-to-be-energy-efficient-at-home/
6 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_recovery_ventilation
7 https://www03.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/catalog/productDetail.cfm?lang=en&cat=123&itm=46&sere=2&start=1&stfl=indoor%20air%20quality%20studies&fr=1401723261579

Photo of a father and his young son in front of their beautiful home. The father has his son on his shoulders and they are playing and smiling.