Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

New homes are well sealed and insulated. They are highly 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 upset your home’s humidity balance and could cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because B & B Heating & Cooling in Florissant 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.

Reduce health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by ensuring a constant flow of fresh air. Opening windows is an option, but that only works in fair weather. Plus, open windows can allow more allergens into your home. So what is the solutions? A whole home ventilation system mixes 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:

  • 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 turn on your air conditioner more frequently to stay cool and dry
  • You can also have problems with your health and home when the air is too dry. During the winter, indoor relative humidity can be as dry as some of the world’s most parched 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 issue? Call B & B Heating & Cooling in Florissant at 314-838-9800 or make a meeting online. We’ve got dehumidifiers and humidifiers that will help ensure your home is a comfortable home.

Allergies and Other Health Problems in Florissant could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsDo you think your home is healthy? There’s a real chance it’s not as healthy as you think. Invisible particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may result in headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew could cause a lot of health conditions.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Lucky for us all, preventing 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 learn if your state free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms positioned close to all sleeping areas.
  • Insist that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can irritate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To help prevent 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 hide odors. It’s better to discover 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 confirmed 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 region. Maintain humidity under 50% to inhibit mold and mildew buildup.
  • Repair 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.

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 B & B Heating & Cooling in Florissant at 314-838-9800 or simply schedule an appointment online.