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 throw off your home’s humidity balance and may cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because Langford Cooling in Tampa Bay can help you make your house 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. Opening windows is an option, but that only works in fair weather. Plus, open windows can let more allergens into your home. So what can you do? A whole home ventilation system mixes fresh outside air in with your conditioned air. Controlling humidity can improve your comfort and health. We recommend keeping 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: 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 operate 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: 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 What are your options if your home has a humidity imbalance? Call Langford Cooling in Tampa Bay at 813-898-9553 or make 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 Tampa Bay could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Do you think your home is healthy? It may not be as healthy as you think. Imperceptable particles and chemicals carried through your home’s air may lead to headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew could cause a lot of health concerns. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Lucky for us all, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy. Just take some of these tips from us: 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 find out if your state offers 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 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 outside of your home. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to mask odors. It’s better to find the source of the odor and get rid it. supplies for cleaning, painting and hobbies 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 region. Set humidity under 50% to impede mold and mildew buildup. Fix 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. Having your HVAC equipment inspected to greatly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is one more easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Langford Cooling in Tampa Bay at 813-898-9553 or simply make your appointment online.