Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today’s 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 throw off your home’s humidity balance and even cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Pinellas County can help you have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! Your key is a continuous flow of fresh air. Reduce health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by making sure you have a constant flow of fresh air. You could open windows, but that only works in fair weather. Also, open windows can let more allergens into your home. So what is the answer? A whole home ventilation system brings fresh outside air in with your conditioned air. For improved comfort and health, control humidity. We recommend keeping 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: 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 run your air conditioner more often 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 harshest deserts. If you experience 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 issue? Call Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Pinellas County at 727-398-5515 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 Pinellas County could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Is your home healthy? It’s possible it’s not as healthy as you think. Unseen particles and chemicals carried through your home’s air may cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew are known to cause a host of health concerns. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Fortunately, correcting indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy. Just follow these tips: 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 see if your state provides free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms installed by all sleeping areas. Demand that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To reduce them, clean regularly. 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 hide odors. Instead, discover the source of the odor and destroy 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 proven 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 climate. Maintain humidity under 50% to prevent mold and mildew buildup. Repair 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 one more easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Pinellas County at 727-398-5515 or simply make your appointment online.