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November 30, 2015 BY: Nick Rosenthal, Director of Operations, Breathe Easy Home
IN: Air Quality, Case Studies, Older Adults, Wellness

Case Study: An Older Adult Makes the Air in His Home “Fresher, Purer” with Breathe Easy Home

Breathe Easy Home recently concluded a case study of an implementation of our indoor air quality and comfort solution for a customer suffering from chronic rhinitis (click here to access the full study or click here to watch the video). Mr. Harris, a retired professor in his 80’s who spends the vast majority of his time in his suburban ranch-style home, contacted us after he started to suspect that the air in his home was exacerbating his itchy and congested sinuses. He reported “a sluggishness that you feel may be connected to what I’m breathing in, what’s going in my nostrils in the house.” Following a telephone consultation to learn more about Mr. Harris’ concerns and the conditions experienced in his home, we dispatched Jim singer, a certified Healthy Home Specialist to perform a comprehensive inspection of the residence and develop a customized retrofit plan.


The first step toward remediation of specific issues in Mr. Harris’ home involved determining the existing conditions and performance of the major building systems.  In addition to an extensive visual examination, the assessment consists of a series of tests including a blower door air leakage test, HVAC static pressure testing, combustion safety testing to check for carbon monoxide and other toxic emissions, and duct air flow evaluation across the home’s supplies and returns. In this case, the analysis revealed structural elements allowing excessive air infiltration, inadequate insulation, restrictions throughout the duct system, a furnace at risk of failure, and pervasive mold growth resulting from uncontrolled humidity in the home.


Feeling that there was little he would be able to do on his own, Mr. Harris decided to have Breathe Easy Home implement most of home improvements from the plan. The Breathe Easy Home approach simultaneously delivers enhanced indoor air quality, comfort and energy efficiency. Our work process and technical solution is driven by best‐in‐class professional standards defined by the Building Performance Institute. Specifically, the approach to remediating the problems that Mr. Harris described came down to controlling humidity, improving air flow throughout the house, sealing air leakage sources, upgrading insulation, and introducing filtered fresh air.


Following completion of the work, Mr. Harris “had a sense that the air was fresher, purer than it was before the work was done,” and experienced an improvement in his breathing and energy levels. The comfort and consistency of temperatures throughout the home improved as well.


If you’ve ever wondered about the air in your home or wished that you or your family could regain some control over the triggers of respiratory issues, click here to contact Breathe Easy Home for your free consultation today!