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Five Ways to Breathe Happy at Home

CertainTeed reminds homeowners of the importance of indoor air quality

The quality of indoor air can directly affect a family’s well being. Pollutants can contribute to infections, respiratory problems and allergies. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the concentration of indoor pollutants is two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.

To ensure comfort and good health, homeowners should consider taking proactive steps to increase the quality of the air that is being inhaled. CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building products, offers the following tips to breathe happy at home:

Identify the source – Just like it’s important to check nutrition labels for food, it’s just as imperative to do the same when selecting building products. Check the label – many manufacturers proactively choose formaldehyde-free materials to contribute to sustainable, healthy homes.

Keep level – Humidity plays a huge role in developing unwanted toxins in the air. High levels of moisture can contribute to mold growth, so it’s important to keep moisture levels balanced. For your next large renovation project, install CertainTeed® SMARTBATT™ Insulation with MoistureSense™ Technology in your walls. It’s the first kraft-faced fiberglass batt insulation to intelligently manage moisture; it blocks indoor moisture from entering the walls during the winter and “breathes” during the summer to allow moisture to escape, helping to keep your walls dry year round.

Use smart products – When repairing or renovating your home interior, the ultimate way to improve the quality of air – and the health of a home – is to invest in smart building materials for its entire structure. So install smart drywall over smart insulation. AirRenew® Essential Indoor Air Quality drywall combats chemicals from the off gassing of new furniture, paint, carpeting and even air fresheners. The cost-effective wallboard uses patent-pending technology that absorbs airborne formaldehyde, converting it into safe, inert compounds that are permanently trapped within the board. Also available is AirRenew M2Tech®, which provides enhanced moisture and mold resistance.

Risks worth detecting – According to the EPA, radon – a radioactive gas derived from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water – is the cause of more than 20,000 deaths each year. To ensure you’re not inhaling this harmful gas, have your home tested. Many kits are inexpensive and require minimal time to complete.

Clean up – Don’t let airborne indoor pollutants linger. Recent construction, mold, dust mites and dander are just a few examples of what may be lurking in the air you’re breathing. To eliminate these factors, clean thoroughly and vacuum and dust often.

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Images, product samples and industry comments are available upon request. To speak to an expert, contact Vicky Gallagher of CertainTeed Corporation at or 610-341-7944.

About CertainTeedThrough the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, and celebrating its 350th anniversary, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For seven consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2015 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2014.