Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Today’s 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 even cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in Crystal Lake can help you have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable!

Your key is a continuous flow of fresh air.

Minimize health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by bringing in a constant flow of fresh air. You might like to open the windows, but that only works in favorable weather. Plus, 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.

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. Watch out 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 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 most parched deserts. If you have 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

What are your options if your home has a humidity imbalance? Call Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in Crystal Lake at 815-459-4700 or schedule 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 Crystal Lake could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsIs your home healthy? It may not be 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 could cause a variety of health concerns.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Luckily, correcting indoor air quality problems can be relatively easy. Just try these ideas:

  • 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.
  • Demand that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To help prevent them, regularly 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 outside of your home.
  • Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to mask odors. Instead, discover the source of the odor and destroy it.
  • supplies for cleaning, painting and hobbies should be low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compound), which are safer for you and the environment. Ozone is a confirmed 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. Maintain 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 stay clear of 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 Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in Crystal Lake at 815-459-4700 or simply set up your appointment online.