Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? New homes are well sealed and insulated. They are highly energy efficient, but low 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. Don’t worry, though, because Wallpe Heating & Cooling in Greensburg 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. Minimize health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by ensuring a constant flow of fresh air. Opening windows is an option, but that only works in favorable weather. Plus, open windows can let 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 maintaining 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: Frequently 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 run your air conditioner more frequently to stay cool and dry You can also experience 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: Frequent 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 imbalance? Call Wallpe Heating & Cooling in Greensburg at 812-638-4232 or arrange for 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 Greensburg could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Do you think your home is healthy? There’s a real chance it’s not as healthy as you think. Invisible particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may result in headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew can cause a variety of health problems. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Luckily, preventing indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy to do. Just take some of these tips from us: Radon is the top 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 see if your state provides free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms positioned close to all sleeping areas. Demand 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 installing 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 mask odors. Rather, you should look for the source of the odor and get rid it. hobby products, paints and cleaning supplies should be low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compound), which are safer for your house and the environment. Ozone is a confirmed lung irritant, so it’s also a good idea to avoid using products that produce it. You can help keep humidity levels comfortable using a humidifier or a dehumidifier, depending on your climate. Keep humidity under 50% to prevent 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 Wallpe Heating & Cooling in Greensburg at 812-638-4232 or simply set up your appointment online.