Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today, new homes are well sealed and insulated. They are highly 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 Bell Air Conditioning Inc. in Belton can help you make your house 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 making sure you have 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 allow more allergens into your home. So what can you do? A whole home ventilation system pulls 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. Look for these 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 run your air conditioner more frequently to maintain a comfortable environment
  • 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 driest deserts. If you notice any of these symptoms, the humidity in your home could be too low:
    • Frequent 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 Bell Air Conditioning Inc. in Belton at 254-939-1141 or arrange for 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 Belton could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsWould you consider your home to be healthy? There’s a real chance it’s not 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 lot of health conditions.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Luckily, avoiding indoor air quality problems can be relatively simple. Just take some of these tips from us:

  • 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 see if your state provides free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms positioned by all sleeping areas.
  • Insist that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To get rid of them, keep your home clean. While even regular cleaning can’t get rid of all dust problems, you can minimize them by installing 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. Rather, you should find the source of the odor and get rid 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 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 area. Keep humidity under 50% to prevent mold and mildew buildup.
  • Fix 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 an additional easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Bell Air Conditioning Inc. in Belton at 254-939-1141 or simply set up your appointment online.