Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today, new homes are well sealed and insulated. They are highly 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 throw off your home’s humidity balance and even cause damage from mold. Don’t worry, though, because Alltemp Comfort Services LLC in Columbia 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 making sure you have a constant flow of fresh air. You might like to open the windows, but that only works in favorable weather. Also, 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.

For improved comfort and health, control humidity.

We recommend maintaining your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60% for your best comfort and health. Here are some 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 run your air conditioner more to stay cool and dry
  • You can also experience problems with your health and home when the air is too dry. During winter months, indoor relative humidity can be as dry as some of the world’s harshest deserts. If you notice 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 should you do if your home has a humidity problem? Call Alltemp Comfort Services LLC in Columbia at 803-318-6995 or schedule 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 Columbia could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsWould you consider your home to be healthy? There’s a real chance it’s not as healthy as you think. Imperceptable particles and chemicals carried through your home’s air may cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew can cause a host of health problems.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Fortunately, correcting indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy to do. Just follow these tips:

  • 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 see if your state provides free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms set up close to all sleeping areas.
  • Demand that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To reduce them, keep your home 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.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to cover up odors. Instead, look for the source of the odor and destroy 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 known 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. Set humidity under 50% to impede mold and mildew buildup.
  • Patch all leaks and cracks in your home.
  • Make sure your home is properly ventilated, to prevent moisture problems. With a ventilation system, stale, contaminated indoor air is replaced with fresher outside air.

regularly 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 Alltemp Comfort Services LLC in Columbia at 803-318-6995 or simply set up your appointment online.