The Science

Naturally, you still have questions. You want to know, “What scientific studies demonstrate that the Breathe Easy Home Indoor Air Quality Solution is likely to work?” Let’s explore.

Please remember that our solutions work best when you continue with the other things you are doing, such as working with your doctor, following treatment plans, and doing all the little things to create a healthy home environment. We’ll focus on your building envelope, ventilation and HVAC systems. By following best practices, we can work together to reduce allergy, asthma and COPD triggers in your home, so you can breathe healthier air.

What We Do

Why It Is Likely To Work

What We Do

We remove respiratory illness triggers.

Why it Works

Through improved fresh air in-flow, filtration and sealing, we bring in healthier air. By forcing air into the house through our preferred fresh air source, you are less likely to have air infiltrate your home through uncontrolled and unfiltered sources. Further, by continuously bringing in new fresh air, we force indoor air into the return duct system, which sends used air back through the filtration system. Air is effectively being filtered multiple times and continuously, probably capturing allergy, asthma and COPD triggers.

A Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital study confirmed that indoor sources of allergens are major contributors to the onset and worsening of asthma. (Phipatanakul et al., 2006) Research shows nearly 40 percent of doctor-diagnosed asthma cases in children younger than six years old could be improved if trigger sources in the home were eliminated. (HUD et al., Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action, 2013) And the number of asthma triggers in the home directly correlates with asthma patients’ overall quality of life. (Luskin et al., 2014)

What We Do

We filter all of your air – we filter fresh air on its way into your home, and we re-filter indoor air as it recycles through your duct system. Since many pollutants originate from inside your home (odors, NO2, airborne dust, VOCs) it is important to filter both sources.

Why it Works

Households typically use ordinary one-inch HVAC filters that filter particles above 10 microns and larger. We use a whole-house system with the same filtering capabilities as those used in hospitals that filters down to 0.3 microns. This ultrafine particle filter improves your indoor air quality by filtering out bacteria, smoke, sneeze residue, car fumes, legionella, mold spores, pollen, and more. (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, 2007). A study showed MERV 16 filters, the same rating we use, removed nearly 90 percent of particulates in three California schools, removing fine particles such as black carbon. (SCAQMD, 2009) Studies also show carbon-activated filters can be very effective at removing ozone (Lee et al., 1999) and a broad spectrum of indoor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, toluene and formaldehyde, found in many home products and building materials. (Sidheswaran et al., 2011)

What We Do

We move more fresh air around.

Why it Works

We optimize air flow in your ducts. With better, more continuous air movement, your home will feel fresher and more comfortable – and healthier. It’s important that air moves effectively both into your rooms (from the HVAC supply ducts) and out of your rooms (into the HVAC return ducts). The movement of air is what allows your HVAC system to “breathe” and is analogous to blood in the human body.

Improved ventilation has been shown to reduce the concentration of harmful indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde and VOCs. (Langer et al., 2013) VOCs are on average 2-5 times higher indoors than outdoors. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2012) The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recommend homeowners ventilate their homes sufficiently to circulate air to dilute and expel indoor air pollutants. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006)

What We Do

We fortify your house to control what enters, keeping out dust, pollen and other pollutants.

Why it Works

By sealing air leak sources all over your house, we make sure that the air coming in your house is filtered and healthy. Continuous ventilation and airtightness together can result in fewer breathing problems, fewer coughs, and less sneezing, throat irritation, and fatigue. (Leech et al., 2004)

What We Do

We keep your home’s humidity in the optimal range of 40-60 percent.

Why it Works

By looking at your house as a whole, we make sure your home’s humidity is neither too high nor too low. An important study in 1986 revealed that relative humidity plays a large role in the growth of illness-causing germs and organisms. Too-low humidity can cause rhinitis, respiratory infections and allergies. Too-high humidity can form mold and mildew and create a growth habitat for dust mites, leading to allergies, asthma and other respiratory ailments. (Arundel et al., 1986) Formaldehyde, found in carpets, furniture and plywood, can off-gas in high indoor humidity levels. (Gupta et al., 1982) Also, laboratory studies consistently confirm that the survival of the influenza virus in the air and on surfaces is at its lowest level in the range of 40-60 relative humidity. (Myatt et al., 2010)

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What We Do

We are different: We use a whole home approach for better results.

Why it Works

Your home systems all interact, so piecemeal approaches don’t work as well. First we do a detailed, custom evaluation; then we treat your entire home, including sealing the building envelope, fresh air ventilation with filtration, continuous ventilation, duct air flow, and insulation.

Numerous studies demonstrate that whole-house ventilation systems decrease humidity, dust mite numbers and allergens, and improve medical outcomes. (Warner et al., 2000; Harving et al., 1994) And a study of specially designed homes with reduced humidity and enhanced ventilation showed a measurable reduction in asthma symptoms and asthma-related doctor visits in low-income households. (Takaro et al., 2011) With our holistic, best practices approach, we supplement your excellent medical care and everything you are doing to tackle your health and home issues.

What We Do

We consistently meet the highest industry standards in quality performance and customer service.

Why it Works

Across the board, we meet the highest standards in every sector in which we work. We are a certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) GoldStar Contractor, and we work to BPI’s home improvement standards. The work we do will meet residential ventilation standard 62.2 from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). We have several certified Healthy Home Specialists on staff who are specially trained to recognize unhealthy building characteristics.