Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

New homes are well sealed and insulated. This makes them energy efficient, but low 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 Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling in Des Moines can help you have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

Keeping a continuous flow of fresh air in your home is key.

Decrease 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 favorable weather. What’s worse, open windows can usher more allergens into your home. So what is the answer? A whole home ventilation system mixes fresh outside air in with your conditioned air.

Controlling humidity can improve your comfort and health.

We recommend maintaining 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:

  • Regularly 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 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 driest deserts. If you notice 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 problem? Call Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling in Des Moines at 515-207-6569 or arrange for 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 Des Moines 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. Invisible 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 host of health conditions.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Lucky for us all, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy to do. Just take some of these tips from us:

  • Radon is the number one 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.
  • Demand that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To get rid of them, keep your home 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 cover up odors. Rather, you should look for the source of the odor and get rid 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. 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 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 another easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling in Des Moines at 515-207-6569 or simply schedule an appointment online.