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Indoor Air Quality Services in Greater Spokane, Coeur D’Alene

At Specialty Environmental, we offer a range of services to improve the indoor air quality in your home. Our solutions can help to create an indoor environment that is healthier, safer and more comfortable.

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Energy Recovery Ventilator

Specialty Environmental can install an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) to remove stale air, as well as harmful pollutants from your home. While the unhealthy air from inside your house is exchanged with fresh air from outside, your home is kept comfortable and no energy is wasted.

how it works

A home ventilation system works much like our lungs. It draws in fresh, healthier air from outside and effectively conditions and filters the air before it’s circulated throughout your house. An energy recovery ventilator is designed to move unhealthy, stale air to the outside while transferring the temperature of the exiting air to the fresh incoming air, so there is little, if any, temperature loss. You’ll be amazed how fresh your home can smell and how comfortable it can feel.

Why energy recovery ventilation makes sense

Sealing air leaks to make homes more energy efficient also eliminates a way for unhealthy air to escape. Allergens, pet dander, mold spores, dust mites, viruses, chemicals, radon, and other pollutants that might be trapped in your house can cause poor indoor air quality, which can make allergy and asthma symptoms worse and cause serious illness.

Opening a window can help circulate the air in your home, but it isn’t practical year-round. Plus, it wastes energy and invites allergens into your home. If you have a newer home, you have upgraded your home to be more energy efficient, or odors tend to linger in your home, you should consider an energy recovery ventilation system.

An energy recovery ventilator offers a simple and effective solution, replacing stale indoor air with fresher outdoor air, with little or no energy loss. Specialty Environmental’s indoor air quality specialists are trained to install the ERV to work with your existing heating and cooling systems.

Vapor Intrusion Mitigation

The experts at Specialty Environmental can install vapor intrusion mitigation systems to reduce the health risks in buildings where chemical vapors from contaminated soil and groundwater may be inhaled by people indoors. The systems can also be installed as a precaution if vapor intrusion is at an increased risk to occur in the future.

What is Vapor Intrusion?

Vapors in soil gas are shown to enter buildings through cracks in the foundation and openings for utility lines. Atmospheric conditions and building ventilation are shown to influence soil gas intrusion. Vapor intrusion occurs when there is a migration of vapor-forming chemicals from any subsurface source into an overlying building. Recognition of soil vapor intrusion to buildings and other enclosed spaces occurred in the 1980s with concerns over radon intrusion. Subsequently, there was an increasing awareness that anthropogenic chemicals (e.g., petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents) in soil, groundwater, and sewers and drainlines could also pose threats to indoor air quality via the vapor intrusion pathway.

Migration of Soil Vapors to Indoor Air

azThis figure depicts the migration of vapors in soil gas from contaminated soil and groundwater into buildings.

Vapor-forming chemicals may include

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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as trichloroethylene and benzene.

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Select semivolatile organic compounds, such as naphthalene.

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Elemental mercury

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Some polychlorinated biphenyls and pesticides.

In extreme cases, the vapors may accumulate in dwellings or occupied buildings to levels that may pose:

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Near-term safety hazards (e.g., explosion)

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Acute health effects

In buildings with lower concentrations of vapor-forming chemicals arising from vapor intrusion, the main concern is whether the chemicals may pose an unacceptable risk of health effects due to long-term (i.e., chronic) exposure to these lower levels.

A complicating factor in evaluating the potential chronic risk from vapor intrusion is the potential presence of some of the same chemicals from emission sources in the building

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Household solvents

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Gasoline

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Cleaners that may pose, separately or in combination with vapor intrusion, a significant human health risk.

We are your trusted local experts for soil vapor extraction and indoor air quality services. We offer estimates in Kennewick, Spokane, Lewiston, Pasco, Walla Walla, Richland, Liberty Lake, Pullman, Coeur D Alene, Post Falls and throughout the surrounding areas.

Breathe EZ Air Cleaner Installation

Available in greater Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, and the Inland Northwest

Replace your standard furnace filter with our carbon-infused electronic Breathe EZ Air Cleaner

Combat indoor air pollution and safeguard your family’s health with Specialty Environmental. Our solution, the Breathe EZ Air Cleaner, utilizes cutting-edge technology to efficiently eliminate microscopic pollutants that standard filters miss. Traditional filters fail to capture dust particles, mold spores, allergens, and odors, allowing them to circulate in your home. Our electronic air cleaner charges and traps particles without clogging, maintaining optimal airflow and reducing energy costs. Say goodbye to frequent filter replacements and hello to cleaner, healthier indoor air. 

Breathe EZ Air Cleaners trap air pollutants electronically

The Breathe EZ Air Cleaner uses innovative electronic air filtration, charging particles to efficiently trap them in fiberglass media. Unlike traditional filters, it doesn’t clog or hinder airflow, saving energy costs. Its open-weave design and carbon strips further purify indoor air by absorbing odors and chemicals.

Breathe EZ Air Cleaner

Reduce your radon health risks with the Breathe EZ air cleaner

Radon gas can’t be filtered, but air filtration can reduce health risks linked to radon exposure. When radon decays, it produces solid elements that stick to surfaces, such as dust particles. Breathing these dust particles can increase your risk of getting lung cancer unless they are filtered. The problem is these particles are much smaller than what traditional furnace filters are designed to handle.

The solution is the Breathe EZ Air Cleaner. In clinical trials, this air cleaner filtered 98% of radioactive elements in the air. It can be easily installed into your furnace’s 1-inch filter space by a trained installer. All you need to do is make sure the air in your home is circulating through your HVAC system. The harmful radon decay particles will attach themselves to the Breathe EZ air cleaner, reducing your risk of lung cancer.

If you have high radon levels, we recommend installing a radon mitigation system as your first line of defense, and the Breathe EZ Air Cleaner for added protection.

Get cleaner air effortlessly! Our Breathe EZ Air Cleaner comes in various sizes to seamlessly replace your HVAC system filter. Our expert technicians will install it into your existing system and guide you on quick, simple media changes that you can easily do quarterly. Available across Tri-Cities, Liberty Lake, Pullman, Coeur ‘d Alene, Post Falls, Washington, and Idaho. Reach out for an installation estimate today, and breathe easy at home!

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