Indoor airPLUS Program
Indoor airPLUS Features
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Indoor airPLUS is a companion label to ENERGY STAR for Homes certification. Together, these programs provide comprehensive health protections. Builders can use a variety of construction practices and technologies to achieve the Indoor airPLUS label and reduce indoor air pollutants and improve the indoor air quality in your new home.
Moisture leads to mold and other biological pollutants that can cause health problems.
- With ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS, builders use a variety of moisture control features designed to minimize these risks, including improved control of condensation and better roof, wall and foundation drainage.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive, invisible, and odorless gas and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
- Indoor airPLUS specifications include radon-resistant construction techniques (in areas with high radon potential).
Residue from pests, such as rodents and cockroaches, can trigger allergy and asthma attacks.
- With ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS, builders seal, caulk or screen where pests may enter a home.
Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC)
Poorly designed and installed HVAC systems can lead to comfort problems and reduce indoor air quality.
- ENERGY STAR with Indoor airPLUS includes properly engineered systems, improved duct and equipment installation, improved filtration, and whole-house and spot ventilation to dilute and remove indoor air pollutants. Builders also inspect air-handling equipment and ductwork to ensure they are clean and free of debris and provide adequate air flow.
Poorly vented heating equipment can cause combustion gases to accumulate inside the home.
- ENERGY STAR with Indoor airPLUS can help protect you from exposure to combustion pollutants by using properly vented heating equipment, installing carbon monoxide alarms in all sleeping areas, and taking steps to stop garage pollutants from entering your home.
The types of materials that builders choose and the way they manage them during construction can improve a home’s indoor air quality.
- Indoor airPLUS Specifications reduce the sources of pollutants inside the home by protecting materials stored on-site from weather damage, using materials with less chemicals, and ventilating the home prior to move-in.
Educating homeowners on maintaining their Indoor airPLUS homes is key to good indoor air quality.
- Indoor airPLUS homeowners receive a checklist of verified indoor air quality features, and instructions for operating and maintaining equipment to continue minimizing risks of indoor air quality problems.