We’ve all heard that you are what you eat–but what about what you breathe? Common pollutants, dust, and molds can have immediate and long-term effects on our health, and sometimes can even be fatal. You spend a lot of time in your home, so it’s important that your indoor air is clean and wholesome. All geothermal systems work to keep your home healthy with increased air purification and dehumidification, but Enertech manufactured geothermal systems take things one step further by using foam insulation certified by UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories. Enertech applies this insulation to cabinet panels and on copper tubing inside the geothermal unit.
UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification) is designed to define low-emitting materials suitable for environments where people, particularly children and sensitive adults, spend extended periods of time, in particular schools and healthcare facilities.
This standard offers stricter certification criteria, considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals, and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. GREENGUARD Gold Certified products are tested for more than 10,000 chemicals to ensure they are safe and healthy for indoor environments.
Indoor air quality is a significant concern, because when the hours spent sleeping, working in offices, and studying at school are added up, most of us spend the vast majority of our time indoors. That repeatedly exposes us to indoor air pollutants.
We tend to think of our homes as safe havens. We buy pesticide-free foods, natural household cleaners, and BPA-free kitchenware–all in an attempt to limit our exposure to harsh chemicals and to keep our families safe. But the US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average person receives 72% of their chemical exposure at home. That means our homes expose us to the higher amounts of potentially hazardous pollutants than pumping gas to our cars, sitting in traffic, and visiting the local dry cleaner.
The health of you and your family is extremely important to us at Enertech. One important step we can take to control indoor air pollution for your home is selecting products that have been GREENGUARD Certified for low chemical emissions. In fact, the EPA names source control as the best strategy to reduce indoor air pollution and limit chemical exposure. That’s why Enertech chooses GREENGUARD Gold Certified foam insulation for our geothermal systems. After all, you are what you breathe.