Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today’s 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 upset your home’s humidity balance and even cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because McFadden Heating & Cooling in Dresden can help you have the best of both worlds: 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 making sure you have a constant flow of fresh air. You might like to open the windows, but that only works in favorable weather. What’s worse, open windows can let 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 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: 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 to maintain a comfortable environment You can also experience 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 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 So, what can you do if your home has a humidity imbalance? Call McFadden Heating & Cooling in Dresden at 1-866-781-0111 or schedule 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 Northwest Tennessee could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Is your home healthy? It’s possible it’s not as healthy as you think. Imperceptable 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 variety of health concerns. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Luckily, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy to do. 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 learn if your state free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms set up by all sleeping areas. Demand that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can aggravate 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 to the outdoors. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to mask odors. Instead, 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 region. Maintain 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 avoid 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 greatly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is one more easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call McFadden Heating & Cooling in Dresden at 1-866-781-0111 or simply make your appointment online.