Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. This makes them 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 upset your home’s humidity balance and may cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because Kelley Mechanical in Lexington can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

A continuous flow of fresh air 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 could open windows, but that only works in nice weather. What’s worse, open windows can allow more allergens into your home. So what can you do? A whole home ventilation system mixes fresh outside air in with your conditioned air.

For improved comfort and health, control humidity.

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 turn on your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry
  • 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 most parched deserts. If you experience 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 should you do if your home has a humidity issue? Call Kelley Mechanical in Lexington at 859-209-3003 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 Lexington could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsIs your home healthy? It’s possible it’s not as healthy as you think. Unseen particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may lead to headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew could cause a lot of health problems.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Lucky for us all, correcting 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 learn if your state free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms installed close to all sleeping areas.
  • Insist that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To help prevent them, clean regularly. 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.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to hide odors. It’s better to discover the source of the odor and eliminate 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 proven 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. Maintain 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 prevent moisture problems. With a ventilation system, stale, contaminated indoor air is replaced with fresher outside air.

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 Kelley Mechanical in Lexington at 859-209-3003 or simply make your appointment online.