Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today, new homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re energy efficient, but the lack of 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 could cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because Davis Heating & Air Conditioning in Rocky Mount can help you have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! A continuous flow of fresh air is key. Decrease health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by bringing in a constant flow of fresh air. You might like to open the windows, but that only works in fair weather. Also, open windows can allow more allergens into your home. So what is the solutions? A whole home ventilation system pulls fresh outside air in with your conditioned air. Control humidity for your comfort and health. We recommend setting your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60% for your best comfort and health. Look for these 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 to maintain a comfortable environment You can also experience problems with your health and home when the air is too dry. During winter months, indoor relative humidity can be as dry as some of the world’s most parched deserts. If you experience 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 Davis Heating & Air Conditioning in Rocky Mount at 540-483-5605 or schedule a consultation online. We’ve got dehumidifiers and humidifiers that will help ensure your home is a comfortable home. Allergies and Other Health Problems in Rocky Mount could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Would you consider your home to be healthy? It may not be as healthy as you think. Unseen particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may result in headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew could cause a variety of health problems. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Luckily, preventing indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. Just take some of these tips from us: 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 set up by all sleeping areas. Demand that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To help prevent them, clean regularly. 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, look for 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 your family and the environment. Ozone is a known lung irritant, so it’s best to avoid using products that produce it. You can help keep humidity levels comfortable using a humidifier or a dehumidifier, depending on your area. Maintain humidity under 50% to impede mold and mildew buildup. Patch all leaks and cracks in your home. Make sure your home is properly ventilated, to prevent moisture problems. With a ventilation system, stale, contaminated indoor air is replaced with fresher outside air. Having your HVAC equipment inspected to significantly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is another easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Davis Heating & Air Conditioning in Rocky Mount at 540-483-5605 or simply schedule an appointment online.