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Program affords improved interior air quality

There has been no shortage of publicity toward efforts to improve Lakeview’s exterior air quality, but many residents may be interested to know of a program available to improve the air quality within one’s home.

Clean Energy Works Oregon is a statewide non-profit organization focused on improving home energy efficiency for the purpose of maximizing interior air quality.  These improvements to interior air circulation can be particularly helpful for those that suffer from allergies or asthma, said Clean Energy Works Oregon spokesperson Rose King.

King noted that air pollutant levels could be up to five times higher inside a home that has not been properly sealed for proper ventilation and circulation.

Stephanie Swanson manages the program, which originated in 2009 and has since upgraded about 3,700 homes across the state.  An estimated 20 to 30 certified contractors help provide training and education support for customers interested in home efficiency upgrades.

Dust, pollen, mold and mildew are all the potential result of poor interior air circulation and home efficiency, she said,.

“We also just launched a radon testing and mitigation service,” Swanson said, noting Oregon as a state with high incidences of radon gas exposure.

Radon is an odorless gas that often seeps in through basement floors and cracks in walls.  It is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, she said. Testing kits available are placed in the home and mailed back to Clean Energy Works for analysis.

The process begins with a free home energy assessment to determine the scope of work needed, Swanson said. Homeowners may be eligible for up to $2,000 of incentives toward the overall cost of the improvements.  Total costs vary dependent on the extensiveness of a given project.

For more information, visit Clean Energy Works Oregon online at www.cleanenergyworksoregon.org, or call 855-870-0049.

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