Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? New 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 throw off your home’s humidity balance and may cause damage from mold. Don’t worry, 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. Reduce health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by making sure you have a constant flow of fresh air. You could open windows, but that only works in nice weather. Plus, open windows can let 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. 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 often to stay cool and dry 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 What should you do if your home has a humidity imbalance? 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 Do you think your home is healthy? It’s possible it’s not as healthy as you think. Invisible particles and chemicals carried through your home’s air may lead to headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew can cause a host of health concerns. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Luckily, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy. 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 installed close to 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 outside. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to mask 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 your house and the environment. Ozone is a proven 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 area. Maintain 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 make your appointment online.