Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today, new homes are well sealed and insulated. This makes them energy efficient, but low 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 could cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! Keeping a continuous flow of fresh air in your home is key. Minimize health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by ensuring a constant flow of fresh air. You could open windows, but that only works in fair weather. What’s worse, open windows can usher more allergens into your home. So what is the answer? A whole home ventilation system pulls fresh outside air in with your conditioned air. Control humidity for your comfort and health. 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: 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 run your air conditioner more to stay cool and dry You can also have 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 driest deserts. If you experience 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 problem? Call Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore at 410-355-6010 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 Baltimore 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. Invisible particles and chemicals carried through your home’s air may result in headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew are known to cause a lot of health conditions. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Luckily, preventing indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy to do. Just follow these tips: 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 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. Insist that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To get rid of them, clean regularly. 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 cover up odors. It’s better to find the source of the odor and destroy 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 known 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. Keep 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 prevent 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 another easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore at 410-355-6010 or simply set up your appointment online.