Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re energy efficient, but the lack of 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 even cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron can help you have the best of both worlds: 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 bringing in a constant flow of fresh air. You could open windows, but that only works in nice weather. What’s worse, open windows can usher more allergens into your home. So what is the solutions? A whole home ventilation system mixes 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. 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 turn on your air conditioner more frequently to stay cool and dry 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 driest 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 What are your options if your home has a humidity imbalance? Call MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron at 308-832-4321 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 Chadron could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Is your home healthy? It may not be as healthy as you think. Unseen particles and chemicals carried through your home’s air may cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew are known to cause a variety of health conditions. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Lucky for us all, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. 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 learn if your state free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms positioned close to all sleeping areas. Insist that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To get rid of 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 outside of your home. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to mask odors. It’s better to discover the source of the odor and get rid it. Cleaning supplies, paints and hobby products should be low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compound), which are safer for your house and the environment. Ozone is a known 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. Set 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. 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 MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron at 308-832-4321 or simply set up your appointment online.