Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today, new homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re 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. No worries, though, because Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco can help you make your house 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 making sure you have a constant flow of fresh air. You might like to open the windows, but that only works in favorable weather. Also, open windows can allow 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 keeping 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: Regularly 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 frequently to get comfortable You can also run into problems with your health and home when the air is too dry. During colder months, indoor relative humidity can be as dry as some of the world’s most parched deserts. If you have any of these symptoms, the humidity in your home could be too low: Recurring 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 Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco at 925-689-7017 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 Pacheco 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. Invisible 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 lot of health problems. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Lucky for us all, preventing indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy. Just take some of these tips from us: Radon is the number one 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 positioned near all sleeping areas. Make sure your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To help prevent them, regularly clean. While even regular cleaning can’t get rid of all dust problems, you can minimize them by using 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 get rid 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 confirmed 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 area. Maintain humidity under 50% to inhibit mold and mildew buildup. Repair all leaks and cracks in your home. Make sure your home is properly ventilated, to avoid moisture problems. With a ventilation system, stale, contaminated indoor air is replaced with fresher outside air. Having your HVAC equipment inspected to greatly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is one more easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco at 925-689-7017 or simply schedule an appointment online.