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 throw off your home’s humidity balance and may cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because Air Solutions, Inc in Groves can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

Your key is a continuous flow of fresh air.

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 favorable weather. Plus, open windows can usher more allergens into your home. So what is the answer? A whole home ventilation system mixes fresh outside air in with your conditioned air.

Control humidity for 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:

  • 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 run into 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 most parched 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 should you do if your home has a humidity imbalance? Call Air Solutions, Inc in Groves at 409-962-2476 or schedule 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 Groves 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 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, preventing indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. 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 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.
  • Make sure your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To help prevent 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.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to mask odors. Instead, find 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 your house and the environment. Ozone is a confirmed lung irritant, so it’s also a good idea to 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.
  • 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 significantly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is one more easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Air Solutions, Inc in Groves at 409-962-2476 or simply make your appointment online.