Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? New 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 upset your home’s humidity balance and could cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because Point Heating & Cooling in Plover can help you have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! A continuous flow of fresh air is key. Minimize health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by ensuring a constant flow of fresh air. You could open windows, but that only works in fair weather. What’s worse, open windows can usher more allergens into your home. So what is the answer? A whole home ventilation system mixes fresh outside air in with your conditioned air. Control humidity for 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 run your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry 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 harshest deserts. If you notice 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 problem? Call Point Heating & Cooling in Plover at 715-345-1979 or arrange for an appointment online. We’ve got dehumidifiers and humidifiers that will help ensure your home is a comfortable home. Allergies and Other Health Problems in Plover could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Do you think your home is healthy? There’s a real chance it’s not as healthy as you think. Imperceptable particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may result in 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? Lucky for us all, preventing 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 see if your state provides free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms installed close to all sleeping areas. Demand that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To reduce them, keep your home clean. 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 cover up odors. Rather, you should find the source of the odor and get rid it. Cleaning supplies, paints and hobby products 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 best 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 impede 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. regularly having your HVAC equipment inspected to significantly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is one more easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Point Heating & Cooling in Plover at 715-345-1979 or simply schedule an appointment online.