Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. They are highly 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 Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City can help you have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! Your key is a continuous flow of fresh air. Minimize 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 fair weather. What’s worse, open windows can let more allergens into your home. So what is the solutions? A whole home ventilation system pulls fresh outside air in with your conditioned air. Control humidity for your comfort and health. We recommend maintaining your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60% for your best comfort and health. Watch out for these signs that your home is too humid: Consistently 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 have 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 most parched deserts. If you notice 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 are your options if your home has a humidity imbalance? Call Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City at 775-882-8154 or schedule a consultation online. We’ve got dehumidifiers and humidifiers that will help ensure your home is a comfortable home. Allergies and Other Health Problems in Carson City 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. 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 host of health concerns. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Luckily, preventing indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy to do. Just try these ideas: Radon is the leading 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. Insist that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can irritate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To help prevent them, keep your home clean. 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 of your home. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to mask odors. Instead, look for the source of the odor and eliminate it. supplies for cleaning, painting and hobbies should be low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compound), which are safer for your house and the environment. Ozone is a known 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. Set humidity under 50% to inhibit mold and mildew buildup. Fix 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 an additional easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City at 775-882-8154 or simply set up your appointment online.