Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. This makes them energy efficient, but low 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. Don’t worry, though, because Cool Air Solutions in Murrieta can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

Your key is a continuous flow of fresh air.

Decrease 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 nice weather. Also, 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.

For improved comfort and health, control humidity.

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:

  • 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 operate your air conditioner more 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 driest 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 should you do if your home has a humidity problem? Call Cool Air Solutions in Murrieta at 951-299-9853 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 Murrieta could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsIs your home healthy? It’s possible it’s not as healthy as you think. Invisible particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may lead to headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew can cause a lot of health concerns.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Luckily, correcting indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy. Just follow these tips:

  • 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 find out if your state offers free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms set up near all sleeping areas.
  • Insist that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To get rid of 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.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to cover up odors. Instead, find 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 your family 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 region. Maintain 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.

Having your HVAC equipment inspected to significantly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is an additional easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Cool Air Solutions in Murrieta at 951-299-9853 or simply schedule an appointment online.