Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? New homes are well sealed and insulated. This makes them 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. No worries, though, because Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs can help you have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! Your key is a continuous flow of fresh air. Decrease health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by bringing in a constant flow of fresh air. You could open windows, but that only works in favorable weather. What’s worse, open windows can let more allergens into your home. So what can you do? A whole home ventilation system mixes 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. Here are some 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 operate your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry You can also run into 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 have 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 So, what can you do if your home has a humidity problem? Call Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs at 816-379-3918 or schedule an appointment online. We’ve got dehumidifiers and humidifiers that will help ensure your home is a comfortable home. Allergies and Other Health Problems in Excelsior Springs could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Do you think your home is healthy? It’s possible it’s not 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 are known to cause a variety of health concerns. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Lucky for us all, preventing indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. Just follow these tips: 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 find out if your state offers free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms installed close to all sleeping areas. Make sure your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can irritate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To get rid of them, regularly 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 to the outdoors. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to cover up odors. Instead, find 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 house and the environment. Ozone is a confirmed 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 climate. Maintain humidity under 50% to prevent mold and mildew buildup. Fix 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 significantly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is an additional easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs at 816-379-3918 or simply schedule an appointment online.