Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today, 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 distrupt your home’s humidity balance and even cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Oxford can help you have the best of both worlds: 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 ensuring a constant flow of fresh air. Opening windows is an option, but that only works in favorable weather. Plus, open windows can allow more allergens into your home. So what is the solutions? A whole home ventilation system brings 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. Look for these 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 operate your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment 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 most parched deserts. If you experience 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 imbalance? Call Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Oxford at 662-350-0343 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 Sierra Foothills could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Would you consider your home to be healthy? It’s possible it’s not as healthy as you think. Invisible particles and chemicals floating through your home’s air may cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew could cause a variety of health problems. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Fortunately, correcting indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy. Just take some of these tips from us: 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 find out if your state offers free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms installed by all sleeping areas. Insist that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To help prevent them, clean regularly. 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 mask odors. Instead, discover 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 you 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. Set 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 avoid 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 one more easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Oxford at 662-350-0343 or simply make your appointment online.