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Benefits of ASHRAE Ventilation Guidance Recognized
June 22, 2009

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has long said that proper ventilation levels can lead to healthier, more productive environments. Now the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognize ASHRAE guidance as a means for creating healthy homes.

On June 9th, 2009, Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes, calling for Americans to prevent disease and promote healthy environments in homes. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, was recommended as an effective way to reduce indoor air pollution through ventilation in the CDC’s and HUD’s supporting guidance for builders and homeowners.

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2 helps ensure air inside homes is clean and safe by limiting sources of pollutants and requiring enough mechanical ventilation to provide dilution for unavoidable contaminants. The standard ensures that heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems work together to effectively ventilate homes and minimize sources of indoor pollution.

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