Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. This makes them 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 distrupt your home’s humidity balance and even cause damage from mold. Don’t worry, though, because 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest can help you have 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 making sure you have a constant flow of fresh air. You could open windows, but that only works in favorable weather. Plus, open windows can usher more allergens into your home. So what can you do? A whole home ventilation system pulls 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. Here are some 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 run your air conditioner more frequently to get comfortable
  • 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 harshest 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

So, what can you do if your home has a humidity issue? Call 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest at 949-204-0859 or schedule 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 Lake Forest could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsIs your home healthy? It’s possible it’s not as healthy as you think. Unseen particles and chemicals floating through your home’s air may cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew can cause a host of health conditions.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Luckily, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy. Just follow these tips:

  • 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 see if your state provides free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms positioned near all sleeping areas.
  • Make sure your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To reduce 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 to the outdoors.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to hide odors. Instead, discover the source of the odor and eliminate 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 proven 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 inhibit mold and mildew buildup.
  • Fix 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 significantly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is an additional easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest at 949-204-0859 or simply make your appointment online.