Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today, new homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re energy efficient, but the lack of 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. No worries, though, because Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating in Saint Louis can help you have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! A continuous flow of fresh air is key. Reduce 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 mixes fresh outside air in with your conditioned air. Controlling humidity can improve your comfort and health. We recommend maintaining 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 operate your air conditioner more often to get comfortable You can also run into 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 have 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 So, what can you do if your home has a humidity issue? Call Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating in Saint Louis at 314-961-0875 or make a consultation online. We’ve got dehumidifiers and humidifiers that will help ensure your home is a comfortable home. Allergies and Other Health Problems in Saint Louis could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Would you consider your home to be healthy? It may not be as healthy as you think. Unseen particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may lead to headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew are known to cause a host of health problems. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Lucky for us all, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy to do. 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 find out if your state offers free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms installed near all sleeping areas. Make sure your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To help prevent them, regularly clean. 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 to the outdoors. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to hide odors. It’s better to look for 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 confirmed 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. Set 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 avoid moisture problems. With a ventilation system, stale, contaminated indoor air is replaced with fresher outside air. regularly 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 Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating in Saint Louis at 314-961-0875 or simply set up your appointment online.