New Study To Measure Energy Efficiency Upgrades on IAQ Launched

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Enhabit, formerly known as Clean Energy Works, has made widely known that it has a collaboration with researchers from the University of Oregon and the Oregon Research Institute on a new study that would measure the connection between indoor air quality (IAQ) and energy efficiency enhancements. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the agency that funds this project.

According to the EPA, on average, people tend to spend an approximate of 90 percent of their time indoors, but they are not really aware that the pollutant levels indoors can be two to five times higher than the pollutant levels outside. Some federal scientists even ranked indoor air pollution as one of the most essential environmental problems in the country based on cancer risk.

Dr. Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, the Associate Professor of Architecture in the University of Oregon said, “Few studies to date have looked at how energy efficiency upgrades impact the health of people while we are in our homes. From this research, we will learn more about how air quality issues may be addressed through weatherization.”

The results of the study may help maximize the use and importance of weatherization to focus not only on energy efficiency, but also the decrease of home health hazards such as mildew, toxins, and mold. It is essential for all households to continuously improve air quality indoors, and people should always keep in mind that keeping a good and healthy indoor air quality is specifically important for older adults, children, and those who are suffering from asthma and other respiratory problems.

The Vice President for Communication of Enhabit, Stephanie Swanson said, “From the basement to the attic, most people do not know about the many toxins hiding in their living space. Learning how weatherization can improve air quality will help us create homes that better protect people’s health.”

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