Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. They are highly 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 may cause damage from mold. Don’t worry, though, because Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning in Ballwin can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! Keeping a continuous flow of fresh air in your home 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 fair weather. Plus, 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. For improved comfort and health, control humidity. 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: 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 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 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 What should you do if your home has a humidity issue? Call Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning in Ballwin at 636-206-4250 or make 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 Ballwin could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Is your home healthy? There’s a real chance it’s not as healthy as you think. Imperceptable particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may lead to headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew can cause a lot of health conditions. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Lucky for us all, correcting indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. 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 find out if your state offers 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, 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 outside. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to hide odors. It’s better to discover 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 you 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 climate. Set humidity under 50% to inhibit mold and mildew buildup. Patch 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 noticeably reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is one more easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning in Ballwin at 636-206-4250 or simply set up your appointment online.