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 B & G HVAC in Marshalltown can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

Your key is a continuous flow of fresh air.

Minimize health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by bringing in a constant flow of fresh air. You could open windows, but that only works in nice weather. What’s worse, open windows can allow more allergens into your home. So what is the solutions? A whole home ventilation system pulls fresh outside air in with your conditioned air.

Controlling humidity can improve your comfort and health.

We recommend keeping 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 turn on your air conditioner more to maintain a comfortable environment
  • 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 harshest deserts. If you have 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

What are your options if your home has a humidity imbalance? Call B & G HVAC in Marshalltown at 641-752-3429 or schedule 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 Marshalltown 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. 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 lot of health concerns.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Luckily, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy. 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 learn if your state free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms set up by all sleeping areas.
  • Demand 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 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 outside of your home.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to mask odors. Instead, discover the source of the odor and destroy 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 proven 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. Keep humidity under 50% to impede mold and mildew buildup.
  • Repair 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 another easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call B & G HVAC in Marshalltown at 641-752-3429 or simply schedule an appointment online.