Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. They are highly 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 throw off your home’s humidity balance and even cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro can help you make your house 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 bringing in 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 can you do? 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:

  • 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 frequently to maintain a comfortable environment
  • 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 have 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 are your options if your home has a humidity problem? Call Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro at 256-574-1300 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 Scottsboro could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsIs your home healthy? There’s a real chance it’s not as healthy as you think. Unseen particles and chemicals carried through your home’s air may cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew are known to cause a lot of health problems.

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 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 positioned by all sleeping areas.
  • Demand that 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 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 of your home.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to cover up odors. Rather, you should find 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 climate. Maintain humidity under 50% to prevent mold and mildew buildup.
  • Patch 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.

scheduling an appointment to have your HVAC equipment inspected to noticeably reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is an additional easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro at 256-574-1300 or simply schedule an appointment online.