Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today, new homes are well sealed and insulated. This makes them energy efficient, but the minimal 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 may cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because True Heating & Cooling in Denver Metro can help you have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

A continuous flow of fresh air is key.

Reduce health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by ensuring a constant flow of fresh air. You might like to open the windows, but that only works in favorable weather. Plus, open windows can let more allergens into your home. So what is the solutions? A whole home ventilation system brings fresh outside air in with your conditioned air.

Control humidity for 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 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 colder 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:
    • 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 issue? Call True Heating & Cooling in Denver Metro at 720-316-1898 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 Denver Metro could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsWould you consider your home to be healthy? It’s possible it’s not as healthy as you think. Imperceptable particles and chemicals floating through your home’s air may lead to headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew could cause a host of health problems.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Fortunately, preventing 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 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 inflame 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 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 hide odors. Instead, look for the source of the odor and eliminate it.
  • supplies for cleaning, painting and hobbies 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. Maintain humidity under 50% to prevent mold and mildew buildup.
  • Fix 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.

Regularly having your HVAC equipment inspected to greatly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is another easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call True Heating & Cooling in Denver Metro at 720-316-1898 or simply schedule an appointment online.