Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today, new homes are well sealed and insulated. This makes them energy efficient, but the minimal 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 may cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. in Midlothian can help you make your house 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 might like to open the windows, but that only works in nice weather. What’s worse, open windows can let more allergens into your home. So what can you do? A whole home ventilation system mixes fresh outside air in with your conditioned air. For improved comfort and health, control humidity. We recommend maintaining 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 turn on your air conditioner more frequently to stay cool and dry You can also have 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 driest 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 Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. in Midlothian at 804-379-1155 or make an appointment online. We’ve got dehumidifiers and humidifiers that will help ensure your home is a comfortable home. Allergies and Other Health Problems in Midlothian could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Would you consider your home to be healthy? It’s possible it’s not as healthy as you think. Imperceptable particles and chemicals carried through your home’s air may lead to headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew are known to cause a lot of health problems. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Lucky for us all, correcting indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy to do. 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 learn if your state free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms positioned close to all sleeping areas. Insist that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To get rid of 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. It’s better to find the source of the odor and get rid it. Cleaning supplies, paints and hobby products should be low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compound), which are safer for you 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. Keep humidity under 50% to prevent mold and mildew buildup. Patch 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. regularly having your HVAC equipment inspected to greatly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is one more easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. in Midlothian at 804-379-1155 or simply set up your appointment online.