Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today, new 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 throw off your home’s humidity balance and even cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Huntsville can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

A continuous flow of fresh air is key.

Decrease health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by ensuring a constant flow of fresh air. You might like to open the windows, 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 brings fresh outside air in with your conditioned air.

Control humidity for your comfort and health.

We recommend keeping 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:

  • 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 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 most parched deserts. If you experience 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

So, what can you do if your home has a humidity issue? Call All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Huntsville at 256-801-4701 or arrange for 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 Huntsville could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsWould you consider your home to be healthy? There’s a real chance it’s not as healthy as you think. Invisible particles and chemicals carried through your home’s air may cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew could cause a lot of health problems.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Fortunately, preventing indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy. Just try these ideas:

  • 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 positioned close to all sleeping areas.
  • Demand that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can irritate 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 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 to the outdoors.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to hide odors. Rather, you should look for the source of the odor and get rid it.
  • supplies for cleaning, painting and hobbies 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 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 region. Keep humidity under 50% to impede mold and mildew buildup.
  • Patch 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.

scheduling an appointment to have your HVAC equipment inspected to significantly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is another easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Huntsville at 256-801-4701 or simply schedule an appointment online.