Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today, new homes are well sealed and insulated. This makes them 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 C-N-O Comfort Zone in Saint Peters can help you have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! Your key is a continuous flow of fresh air. Minimize health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by making sure you have a constant flow of fresh air. You could open windows, but that only works in favorable weather. What’s worse, open windows can allow more allergens into your home. So what is the solutions? A whole home ventilation system pulls fresh outside air in with your conditioned air. Controlling humidity can improve 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: 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 get comfortable 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 harshest 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 So, what can you do if your home has a humidity problem? Call C-N-O Comfort Zone in Saint Peters at 636-578-1777 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 Peters 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. 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 host of health concerns. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Luckily, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. 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 near all sleeping areas. Insist that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can inflame 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 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 to the outdoors. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to cover up odors. It’s better to look for the source of the odor and get rid 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 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. Keep 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 avoid moisture problems. With a ventilation system, stale, contaminated indoor air is replaced with fresher outside air. Having 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 C-N-O Comfort Zone in Saint Peters at 636-578-1777 or simply schedule an appointment online.