Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

New homes are well sealed and insulated. They are highly 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 upset your home’s humidity balance and even cause damage from mold. Rest easy, though, because Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service in Raceland can help you have 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 ensuring a constant flow of fresh air. You might like to open the windows, but that only works in favorable weather. Plus, open windows can let more allergens into your home. So what is the answer? A whole home ventilation system pulls fresh outside air in with your conditioned air.

For improved comfort and health, control humidity.

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 turn on your air conditioner more to maintain a comfortable environment
  • 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 harshest 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 issue? Call Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service in Raceland at 985-247-4040 or make a consultation online. We’ve got dehumidifiers and humidifiers that will help ensure your home is a comfortable home.

Allergies and Other Health Problems in Raceland could be a Result of Poor Air Quality

Healthy Climate SolutionsDo you think your home is healthy? There’s a real chance it’s not as healthy as you think. Invisible particles and chemicals circulating through your home’s air may cause headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew could cause a host of health concerns.

How can I prevent indoor air quality problems?

Luckily, correcting 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 learn if your state free or discounted test kits to the public.
  • You should have carbon monoxide alarms set up by all sleeping areas.
  • Demand that your home remains smoke free.
  • Dust mites can aggravate allergies and asthma, particularly in children. To reduce 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 hide odors. It’s better to look for the source of the odor and eliminate it.
  • supplies for cleaning, painting and hobbies 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 region. Keep humidity under 50% to impede mold and mildew buildup.
  • Repair 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.

Scheduling an appointment to have your HVAC equipment inspected to noticeably reduce buildup of contaminants or moisture is another easy way to keep your home healthy. You can call Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service in Raceland at 985-247-4040 or simply make your appointment online.