Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today, new homes are well sealed and insulated. They’re 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. Rest easy, though, because O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line can help you have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

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

Controlling humidity can improve your comfort and health.

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 frequently to stay cool and dry
  • You can also experience problems with your health and home when the air is too dry. During the winter, 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:
    • 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 are your options if your home has a humidity problem? Call O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line at 610-257-7035 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 the Main Line could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsWould you consider your home to be healthy? It may not be 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 could cause a host of health problems.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Fortunately, avoiding 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 positioned close to all sleeping areas.
  • Demand that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can irritate 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 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 of your home.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to cover up odors. It’s better to discover the source of the odor and destroy 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 proven lung irritant, so you should also 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.
  • 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.

Regularly having your HVAC equipment inspected to significantly reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is an additional easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line at 610-257-7035 or simply schedule an appointment online.