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 throw off your home’s humidity balance and even cause damage from mold. Don’t worry, though, because Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa 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. Reduce health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by making sure you have a constant flow of fresh air. Opening windows is an option, but that only works in fair weather. Also, open windows can allow more allergens into your home. So what can you do? A whole home ventilation system pulls 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. 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 turn on your air conditioner more often 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 have 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 Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa at 432-237-0168 or schedule 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 Odessa 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 carried through your home’s air may cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew can cause a lot of health conditions. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Luckily, avoiding 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 learn if your state free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms installed near all sleeping areas. Insist that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To reduce them, regularly clean. 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. Instead, find the source of the odor and eliminate 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 confirmed 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 climate. Maintain humidity under 50% to prevent mold and mildew buildup. Fix 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. Having your HVAC equipment inspected to noticeably reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is an additional easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa at 432-237-0168 or simply make your appointment online.