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Air Quality FAQs

Q: Can poor indoor air quality trigger asthma?

A: Yes. There are a variety of asthma triggers that can exist in a home. Smoke, dander and dust are just a few. Ensuring that the air inside your home is clean and healthy is an important part of asthma control.

Q: Can poor indoor air quality make you sick? 

A: Yes, poor indoor air quality can make you sick. Mold, mildew, dust, dander, cigarette smoke and VOCs are just a few of the pollutants within a home that can cause a wide range of symptoms from headaches and nausea to asthma and serious respiratory issues.

Q: Can a home be too tight?

A: Yes, a home can be too tight. In Maine, the accepted wisdom is that most houses are so leaky that even after they're weatherized they're too leaky to present indoor air quality risks. We believe that testing homes after weatherization for indoor air quality is an important part of weatherization efforts, and critical to ensuring that Maine homes are healthy and safe.

Q: What is ASHRAE?

A: ASHRAE is an organization dedicated to heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration. Their ventilation standard is the most commonly accepted standard of healthy air exchange rates for buildings in the United States. CHES offers ASHRAE compliance ventilation testing.