Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? New homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re 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. Rest easy, though, because Farnell Mechanical, Inc. in Opelika can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! Your key is a continuous flow of fresh air. Reduce 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 fair weather. Plus, open windows can allow 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 keeping 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 often to maintain a comfortable environment You can also have 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 driest 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 Farnell Mechanical, Inc. in Opelika at 334-245-4748 or arrange for 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 Opelika could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Do you think your home is healthy? It may not be 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 could cause a lot of health concerns. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Luckily, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy. 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 installed by all sleeping areas. Insist that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To get rid of 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. Rather, you should discover the source of the odor and destroy it. hobby products, paints and cleaning supplies 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 best to avoid using products that produce it. You can help keep humidity levels comfortable using a humidifier or a dehumidifier, depending on your area. Keep humidity under 50% to prevent mold and mildew buildup. Repair 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 another easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Farnell Mechanical, Inc. in Opelika at 334-245-4748 or simply schedule an appointment online.