Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re 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 throw off your home’s humidity balance and may cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because Summit Air Conditioning Inc in West Palm Beach can help you make your house 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 making sure you have a constant flow of fresh air. You might like to open the windows, but that only works in nice weather. Plus, open windows can allow more allergens into your home. So what is the solutions? A whole home ventilation system brings fresh outside air in with your conditioned air.

For improved comfort and health, control humidity.

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:

  • Consistently 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 often to maintain a comfortable environment
  • 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 have 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

So, what can you do if your home has a humidity imbalance? Call Summit Air Conditioning Inc in West Palm Beach at 561-582-3390 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 West Palm Beach could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsIs your home healthy? It may not be as healthy as you think. Imperceptable particles and chemicals carried 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, correcting indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. Just take some of these tips from us:

  • Radon is the leading 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 installed by all sleeping areas.
  • Make sure your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To reduce them, regularly clean. 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 to the outdoors.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to mask odors. It’s better to discover 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 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 area. Keep 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 stay clear of 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 one more easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Summit Air Conditioning Inc in West Palm Beach at 561-582-3390 or simply make your appointment online.