The next time someone in your home hollers at you to hurry up and close the garage door because the fumes from your car are filtering indoors, try to take the admonition in stride. After all, emissions from vehicles in your attached garage is the No. 1 way that your indoor air quality suffers.
So the next time you pull up to your home, put your vehicle in park and hit the gas hard. Then wait a few moments for the exhaust to disperse and pull your vehicle into the garage. Doing so will help flush out some of the exhaust, outdoors, thereby limiting the exhaust that will trail into the garage.
This one small courtesy will help reduce emissions but not eliminate them since pollutants from your vehicle can linger in the garage for hours and be drawn into your home over time.
Over the course of a long Michigan winter, when your exterior garage door is probably closed most of the time, you should be on the lookout for other sources of garage emissions, too, including gas-powered appliances, such as snow blowers and chain saws. They should never be started near the garage door that leads to your home. Pesticides and herbicides are best stored far away from this door, too.
Although there should be at least one layer of drywall between your home and the garage, not to mention a significant layer of insulation, air can seep through tiny cracks in the walls between the house and the garage and through the garage ceiling. So especially if you have a room situated over your garage, look for any cracks or holes in the walls between the house and the garage and through the garage ceiling and seal them closed with caulk. Also inspect your garage drywall and finish the drywall with compound and then two coats of paint.
For help in improving the indoor air quality of your home, call Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We can make your garage airtight so that you and everyone in your home will breathe easier during this cold Michigan winter.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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