Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today’s 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. No worries, though, because Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing in Selbyville can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

Keeping a continuous flow of fresh air in your home is key.

Minimize health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by ensuring a constant flow of fresh air. You might like to open the windows, but that only works in favorable weather. Plus, open windows can allow more allergens into your home. So what is the answer? 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:

  • 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 run your air conditioner more frequently to get comfortable
  • 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 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

What are your options if your home has a humidity problem? Call Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing in Selbyville at 302-436-2922 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 Selbyville could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsIs your home 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 are known to cause a lot of health conditions.

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 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 see if your state provides free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms positioned near all sleeping areas.
  • Demand that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can inflame 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 outside of your home.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to cover up odors. It’s better to 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 you 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 climate. 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 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 noticeably reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is another easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing in Selbyville at 302-436-2922 or simply set up your appointment online.