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 even cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley can help you make your house 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. Opening windows is an option, but that only works in nice weather. What’s worse, open windows can allow more allergens into your home. So what is the answer? A whole home ventilation system pulls fresh outside air in with your conditioned air. Controlling humidity can improve 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 run your air conditioner more to stay cool and dry 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 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 imbalance? Call Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley at 801-305-4777 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 West Valley 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 cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew are known to cause a lot of health concerns. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Luckily, avoiding 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 see if your state provides free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms set up close to all sleeping areas. Make sure your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can inflame 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 mask 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 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 prevent 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 Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley at 801-305-4777 or simply make your appointment online.