Remember Indoor Air Quality During a Home Remodel

Changes made during a home remodeling project can expose you to a variety of unhealthy substances, such as excessive household dust, hidden mold growth, bacteria, harsh chemicals or even extremely dangerous materials like lead paint or asbestos. Here are a few steps you can take to preserve your indoor air quality during a home remodel.

Protecting IAQ While Remodeling

  • Consult your remodeling contractor to determine a plan for controlling dust and other harmful materials before signing a contract. Make sure you know who’s responsible for cleaning the work area and what your responsibilities may be. Have the contractor inspect your home and point out any problems, such as potential lead paint, and what’s required to mitigate the situation.
  • Seal off any HVAC registers in the work area and separate the work area from the rest of the home with plastic sheeting to prevent spreading contaminants to other areas.
  • Install a new air filter in your HVAC system before work begins and replace it after work is complete to minimize dust circulation.
  • Use fans to exhaust air from the work area, creating a negative pressure that draws pollutants outside. If necessary, also use fans in non-work areas to bring air into the room and create a positive pressure to prevent contaminants entering from the work area.
  • When installing new materials or applying chemicals such as paint or adhesives, follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions to avoid excess accumulations of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Make sure your home has adequate ventilation both during and after the remodel.
  • Before the job begins, consult an HVAC professional about the best ways to protect your HVAC system during the remodel.

Learn more about protecting your indoor air quality during a home remodel, as well as Hollub Inc.’s indoor air quality solutions, or give us a call at (312) 829-8000. We’ve been serving the Chicago area since 1928.

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