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 even cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because Custom Air Systems Inc in Indian River County can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

Keeping a continuous flow of fresh air in your home 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 let 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 setting your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60% for your best comfort and health. Watch out 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 to maintain a comfortable environment
  • You can also have 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:
    • Recurring 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 problem? Call Custom Air Systems Inc in Indian River County at 772-571-1080 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 Indian River County 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 cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew are known to cause a lot of health conditions.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Luckily, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. Just try these ideas:

  • 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 set up by all sleeping areas.
  • Insist that 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 using 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 cover up odors. Instead, discover 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 you and the environment. Ozone is a confirmed 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 inhibit mold and mildew buildup.
  • Patch 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 greatly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is an additional easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Custom Air Systems Inc in Indian River County at 772-571-1080 or simply set up your appointment online.