Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. They are highly 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 Rescue Heating & Air in Alice can help you have 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 making sure you have a constant flow of fresh air. You might like to open the windows, but that only works in fair weather. What’s worse, open windows can usher more allergens into your home. So what can you do? A whole home ventilation system brings fresh outside air in with your conditioned air. Control humidity for your comfort and health. We recommend setting 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: Consistently 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 to get comfortable 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 harshest deserts. If you experience any of these symptoms, the humidity in your home could be too low: Recurring 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 should you do if your home has a humidity imbalance? Call Rescue Heating & Air in Alice at 361-265-4371 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 Alice could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Is your home healthy? There’s a real chance 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 host of health problems. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Fortunately, preventing indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. Just try these ideas: Radon is the leading 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 set up near all sleeping areas. Insist that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To reduce them, clean regularly. While even regular cleaning can’t get rid of all dust problems, you can minimize them by using 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. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to mask odors. Rather, you should 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 confirmed 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. Repair 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 Rescue Heating & Air in Alice at 361-265-4371 or simply make your appointment online.