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Help Create Healthy Homes With This Clean Air Checklist

Updated July 28, 2021

Sure–there are IAQ solutions you can educate, recommend and sell to your homeowner customers. If you have it on your truck, you can even install it right there and then. But that shouldn’t be where your attention on improving their indoor air quality ends.

As an HVAC contractor with IAQ expertise, you know exactly what it takes to help homeowners keep their indoor air clean. That’s why contractors that focus on ensuring healthy breathable air indoors are helping create healthy homes. Moving forward, they are also the contractors that will succeed.

Creating an action item healthy home checklist for homeowners to follow is what separates you from the competition, builds trust and generates more referrals. Learn what an action plan should include, and choose to start your customers and your business on the path of long-term success.

Lower VOC Levels

A crucial first step is to teach homeowners how furniture, home materials and cleaning products can contribute to heightened levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If clients are sensitive to VOCs, suggest they purchase non-toxic cleaning solutions and products. Also suggest reducing or eliminating the use of aerosol sprays and cleaners. Of course, mechanical ventilation is always a beneficial option that creates healthy homes.

Decrease Indoor Dust Buildup

Educate your customers on how to reduce the amount of dust they have in their home. Teach them about the benefits of investing in HEPA filter vacuums and sweeping the entry walkway. Decluttering helps homeowners find hidden dust colonies on shelves and around the home. Explain the difference between dusters that flip dust into the surrounding air and those that trap dust particles. Tell them why they should take their shoes off before entering the home, and why doormats are useful for indoor air quality.

Regulate Home Humidity Levels

Taking hot showers, cooking and sleeping can all dramatically increase indoor humidity levels. If your customer doesn’t have an exhaust vent in their bathroom, explain how an open door or window will help disperse humidity. Similarly, opening windows or running home exhaust fans while cooking will reduce smoke and cooking pollution. Lastly, sleeping releases body moisture onto sheets and bed linens. Thus, advise clients to shake or air out their bedding before making the bed, and to wash their sheets in hot water at least once a week.

A Checklist To Create Healthy Homes

When explaining the healthy home action plan to homeowners, you should know that most of them will not remember 90 percent of what you said. That’s why we came up with this helpful (and printable!) healthy home air quality checklist for you to leave with customers.  

Leaving a helpful resource behind keeps your business and offerings on the customer’s mind! Make sure to add your contact information and any personalized reminders or recommendations for a personal touch.

Rob Ambrosetti

Rob Ambrosetti

KGG’s National Training Director and go-to IAQ expert. Rob is a council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant. He also holds Healthy Home Professional and HVAC Professional certifications from IAQA. Since joining KGG in 2018, Rob has focused on curriculum development and led KGG’s in-house training services. He is also the host of KGG’s industry podcast RepTalk.

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