Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

New homes are well sealed and insulated. They are highly 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 even cause damage from mold. Don’t worry, though, because Oak Point Heating and Air LLC in Denton can help you make your house 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. You could open windows, but that only works in fair weather. Plus, open windows can usher more allergens into your home. So what can you do? A whole home ventilation system brings fresh outside air in with your conditioned air.

Control humidity for your comfort and health.

We recommend maintaining 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:

  • 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 run your air conditioner more frequently to get comfortable
  • You can also have 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 harshest deserts. If you notice 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 Oak Point Heating and Air LLC in Denton at 940-202-1202 or schedule 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 Denton could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsDo you think your home is healthy? There’s a real chance it’s not as healthy as you think. Invisible particles and chemicals carried through your home’s air may cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew can cause a lot of health problems.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Fortunately, preventing indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy to do. Just try these ideas:

  • 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 see if your state provides free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms positioned near all sleeping areas.
  • Insist that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To reduce them, keep your home clean. 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. Instead, find 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 family and the environment. Ozone is a confirmed lung irritant, so it’s best to avoid using products that produce it.
  • You can help keep humidity levels comfortable using a humidifier or a dehumidifier, depending on your climate. Set humidity under 50% to impede 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 noticeably reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is another easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Oak Point Heating and Air LLC in Denton at 940-202-1202 or simply schedule an appointment online.