Would you be surprised to know the average American spends nearly 90% of their life indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? Regardless of age, your health starts in the home, making it critical that your space is safe and healthy. Build up of particles like dust, pollen or mold can play detrimental roles, resulting in symptoms like headaches, fatigue and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. EfficiencyCrafted℠ Homes can be healthier places to spend your time indoors. With ventilation systems that not only improve air quality but reduce humidity and remove odors, you can breathe easy. If you are looking to keep your home clean and free of irritants, improve your indoor quality in a few ways: Avoid using fans when sleeping. Fans stir up dust and pollen in the air that can trigger allergies or lead to congestion. Ventilation systems, like what you’ll find in an EfficiencyCrafted home, can keep your air cool, dry and free of allergens. Keep outdoor air pollutants where they belong. When allergen levels are high, make sure to remove your shoes or change your clothes when you come inside and keep your doors and windows closed. Even with windows shut, EfficiencyCrafted homes can be built with ENERGY STAR® certified windows that insulate better and decrease chances of moisture. Change your filters and clean ducts. Changing the filters on HVAC systems and the furnace when dirty along with cleaning your ductwork annually will reduce the number of particles constantly being recirculated in your home. Control your moisture. Mold can often grow on insulation when dirt and dust can become trapped within the material. With an EfficiencyCrafted home however, insulation is included at nationally recognized standards for energy efficiency – so your insulation is better prepared to maintain optimal temperatures and prevent moisture buildup year-round. Take it a step further and avoid using wall-to-wall carpet on concrete floors. Or, ask the builder about including a vapor barrier before adding carpet in your home. Depending on your desired location, you can find a builder who meets these nationally recognized standards for energy-efficient construction. Visit our Find a Builder page today to explore your EfficiencyCrafted℠ Homes options.