Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

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 Home Heating and Air Conditioning in Irvine can help you have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

A continuous flow of fresh air is key.

Minimize 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 nice weather. Plus, open windows can let more allergens into your home. So what can you do? A whole home ventilation system mixes 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. 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 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 colder months, indoor relative humidity can be as dry as some of the world’s most parched deserts. If you notice 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 imbalance? Call True Home Heating and Air Conditioning in Irvine at 949-258-7259 or make 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 Irvine could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsDo you think your home is 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?

Lucky for us all, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy. 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 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 inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To help prevent them, keep your home clean. 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 mask odors. It’s better to find the source of the odor and destroy 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 climate. Keep humidity under 50% to prevent mold and mildew buildup.
  • Patch 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.

Scheduling an appointment to have your HVAC equipment inspected to noticeably reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is one more easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call True Home Heating and Air Conditioning in Irvine at 949-258-7259 or simply make your appointment online.