Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today, new homes are well sealed and insulated. They are highly energy efficient, but the lack of 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. Don’t worry, though, because Air Quality Solutions in Grove City 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 bringing in a constant flow of fresh air. Opening windows is an option, but that only works in fair weather. Also, open windows can usher more allergens into your home. So what is the solutions? A whole home ventilation system mixes 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: 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 turn on your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment You can also experience 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 have 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 Air Quality Solutions in Grove City at 614-547-2730 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 Columbus could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Would you consider your home to be healthy? There’s a real chance it’s not as healthy as you think. Unseen particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may lead to headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew can cause a variety of health concerns. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Lucky for us all, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy to do. 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 learn if your state free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms installed by all sleeping areas. Demand that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To get rid of them, regularly clean. 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. It’s better to discover 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 your family 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. Maintain humidity under 50% to inhibit mold and mildew buildup. Patch 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. Regularly 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 Air Quality Solutions in Grove City at 614-547-2730 or simply make your appointment online.