Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? New homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re energy efficient, but the lack of 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 may cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning in Winnipeg can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! A continuous flow of fresh air is key. Decrease health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by bringing in a constant flow of fresh air. You might like to open the windows, but that only works in nice weather. Also, open windows can let more allergens into your home. So what is the answer? A whole home ventilation system brings 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 operate your air conditioner more frequently to stay cool and dry You can also experience 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 driest deserts. If you experience 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 are your options if your home has a humidity problem? Call Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning in Winnipeg at 204-272-8128 or schedule 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 Winnipeg could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Do you think your home is healthy? It may not be as healthy as you think. Unseen particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may lead to headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew are known to cause a lot of health problems. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Fortunately, 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 find out if your state offers free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms positioned close to all sleeping areas. Demand that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can irritate 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 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 of your home. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to cover up odors. Instead, look for 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 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 area. Set humidity under 50% to prevent mold and mildew buildup. Repair 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. Regularly 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 Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning in Winnipeg at 204-272-8128 or simply schedule an appointment online.