Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re energy efficient, but the minimal airflow could cause uncomfortable air conditions inside as the same air is continuously re-circulated throughout your home. This recirculation can upset your home’s humidity balance and even cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because Jack's Refrigeration Heating and Cooling in Alliance can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! A continuous flow of fresh air is key. Reduce health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by making sure you have a constant flow of fresh air. Opening windows is an option, but that only works in favorable weather. Also, open windows can usher more allergens into your home. So what can you do? A whole home ventilation system brings fresh outside air in with your conditioned air. Controlling humidity can improve your comfort and health. We recommend maintaining your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60% for your best comfort and health. Here are some signs that your home is too humid: Consistently damp areas Musty odors Condensation stains on the ceiling Condensation or frost on windows Sticky or clammy feeling in the air Peeling wallpaper You have to turn on your air conditioner more frequently to get comfortable You can also have problems with your health and home when the air is too dry. During the winter, indoor relative humidity can be as dry as some of the world’s driest deserts. If you notice any of these symptoms, the humidity in your home could be too low: Excessive allergies or respiratory illnesses Scratchy, sore throat or excessive cough Dry, irritated nasal passages Dry, itchy skin Chapped lips Static shocks Cracked, peeling wallpaper Warped or cracked wood Damage to household furnishings What should you do if your home has a humidity issue? Call Jack's Refrigeration Heating and Cooling in Alliance at 308-646-3827 or schedule a meeting online. We’ve got dehumidifiers and humidifiers that will help ensure your home is a comfortable home. Allergies and Other Health Problems in Alliance could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Is your home healthy? It may not be as healthy as you think. Imperceptable particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew could cause a lot of health problems. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Fortunately, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy to do. Just follow these tips: Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, according to estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Test your home for radon. Go to www.epa.gov to find out more information and to learn if your state free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms positioned near all sleeping areas. Insist that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can irritate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To get rid of them, keep your home clean. While even regular cleaning can’t get rid of all dust problems, you can minimize them by making use of a whole-home filtration system with a MERV 16 rating, the highest capture efficiency among air cleaners. Anything that burns gas should be vented outside. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to hide odors. Instead, discover the source of the odor and destroy it. Cleaning supplies, paints and hobby products should be low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compound), which are safer for you and the environment. Ozone is a known lung irritant, so you should also avoid using products that produce it. You can help keep humidity levels comfortable using a humidifier or a dehumidifier, depending on your region. Maintain humidity under 50% to prevent mold and mildew buildup. Repair all leaks and cracks in your home. Make sure your home is properly ventilated, to stay clear of moisture problems. With a ventilation system, stale, contaminated indoor air is replaced with fresher outside air. Having your HVAC equipment inspected to noticeably reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is an additional easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Jack's Refrigeration Heating and Cooling in Alliance at 308-646-3827 or simply make your appointment online.