Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re 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 even cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because Northern Comfort Inc in Mankato area can help you have 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 making sure you have a constant flow of fresh air. Opening windows is an option, but that only works in nice weather. What’s worse, open windows can let more allergens into your home. So what is the solutions? A whole home ventilation system brings fresh outside air in with your conditioned air.

Control humidity for your comfort and health.

We recommend setting your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60% for your best comfort and health. Look for these 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 turn on your air conditioner more frequently to get comfortable
  • 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 most parched 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

So, what can you do if your home has a humidity problem? Call Northern Comfort Inc in Mankato area at 507-387-6596 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 Mankato area could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

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

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Fortunately, preventing indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. Just take some of these tips from us:

  • 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 learn if your state free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms positioned near all sleeping areas.
  • Demand that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can inflame 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 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 to the outdoors.
  • 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 you and the environment. Ozone is a known lung irritant, so you should also avoid using products that produce it.
  • You can help keep humidity levels comfortable using a humidifier or a dehumidifier, depending on your area. Keep humidity under 50% to prevent mold and mildew buildup.
  • Repair 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 greatly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is another easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Northern Comfort Inc in Mankato area at 507-387-6596 or simply schedule an appointment online.