Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re 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 distrupt your home’s humidity balance and may cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because All Seasons Heating & A/C Co in Bloomington can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

A continuous flow of fresh air is key.

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 favorable 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.

For improved comfort and health, control humidity.

We recommend setting 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 to maintain a comfortable environment
  • You can also have problems with your health and home when the air is too dry. During the winter, indoor relative humidity can be as dry as some of the world’s most parched deserts. If you notice 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 All Seasons Heating & A/C Co in Bloomington at 812-332-9100 or make a consultation online. We’ve got dehumidifiers and humidifiers that will help ensure your home is a comfortable home.

Allergies and Other Health Problems in Bloomington could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsIs your home healthy? It may not be as healthy as you think. Unseen particles and chemicals floating through your home’s air may lead to headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew could cause a lot of health problems.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Lucky for us all, correcting indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. 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 set up by all sleeping areas.
  • Insist that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can irritate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To help prevent them, keep your home 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 look for 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 house and the environment. Ozone is a known 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. Set 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 prevent 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 one more easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call All Seasons Heating & A/C Co in Bloomington at 812-332-9100 or simply make your appointment online.