Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today’s homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re 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 upset your home’s humidity balance and even cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. in Show Low 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. You might like to open the 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 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. Here are some 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 turn on your air conditioner more to stay cool and dry
  • You can also experience 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 have 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

So, what can you do if your home has a humidity problem? Call Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. in Show Low at 928-537-1803 or make 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 Show Low could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsIs your home healthy? It may not be as healthy as you think. Imperceptable particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may cause 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?

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

  • 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 learn if your state free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms set up close to all sleeping areas.
  • Demand that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To get rid of them, regularly clean. 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 to the outdoors.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to cover up odors. It’s better to find the source of the odor and destroy it.
  • hobby products, paints and cleaning supplies 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 best to avoid using products that produce it.
  • You can help keep humidity levels comfortable using a humidifier or a dehumidifier, depending on your region. 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.

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 Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. in Show Low at 928-537-1803 or simply set up your appointment online.