Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. They are highly 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 may cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because Brogan Heating & AC Inc in Rochester can help you have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! A continuous flow of fresh air is key. Reduce health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by bringing in a constant flow of fresh air. You could open windows, but that only works in nice weather. Plus, open windows can allow more allergens into your home. So what can you do? A whole home ventilation system brings 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. Watch out 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 run your air conditioner more often 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 most parched 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 are your options if your home has a humidity imbalance? Call Brogan Heating & AC Inc in Rochester at 507-218-0088 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 Rochester 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. Invisible particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may lead to headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew are known to cause a host of health problems. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Fortunately, correcting indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. Just try these ideas: 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 see if your state provides free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms installed close to all sleeping areas. Make sure your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To help prevent 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 of your home. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to mask odors. It’s better to discover the source of the odor and eliminate 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 it’s also a good idea to 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 prevent mold and mildew buildup. Fix 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 Brogan Heating & AC Inc in Rochester at 507-218-0088 or simply make your appointment online.