Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

New homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re energy efficient, but the minimal 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 could cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere can help you make your house 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 might like to open the windows, but that only works in fair weather. What’s worse, open windows can usher more allergens into your home. So what is the solutions? A whole home ventilation system brings 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. 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 run your air conditioner more frequently to maintain a comfortable environment
  • You can also run into problems with your health and home when the air is too dry. During the winter, indoor relative humidity can be as dry as some of the world’s harshest deserts. If you have 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

What are your options if your home has a humidity imbalance? Call Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere at 877-389-2465 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 South Beloit and Belvidere could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsDo you think your home is healthy? It may not be as healthy as you think. Imperceptable particles and chemicals floating through your home’s air may result in headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew could cause a lot of health concerns.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Fortunately, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy to do. 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 see if your state provides free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms positioned by all sleeping areas.
  • Make sure your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can irritate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To reduce them, regularly clean. 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 outside of your home.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to mask odors. Instead, discover the source of the odor and eliminate it.
  • Cleaning supplies, paints and hobby products 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 it’s also a good idea 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 inhibit mold and mildew buildup.
  • Fix 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.

Scheduling an appointment to have your HVAC equipment inspected to greatly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is an additional easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere at 877-389-2465 or simply set up your appointment online.