Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? New homes are well sealed and insulated. This makes them 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 distrupt your home’s humidity balance and could cause damage from mold. No worries, though, because Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton can help you make your house an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable! Your key is a continuous flow of fresh air. Decrease health-threatening pollutants and make your home as comfortable as possible by bringing in a constant flow of fresh air. Opening windows is an option, but that only works in fair weather. What’s worse, open windows can usher 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 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 run your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment You can also have 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 driest deserts. If you have any of these symptoms, the humidity in your home could be too low: Recurring 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 should you do if your home has a humidity issue? Call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton at 503-374-1934 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 Beaverton could be a Result of Poor Air Quality Do you think your home is healthy? It’s possible it’s not as healthy as you think. Imperceptable particles and chemicals floating through your home’s air may result in headaches and allergy flare-ups. And mold and mildew are known to cause a lot of health concerns. How can I prevent indoor air quality problems? Luckily, avoiding 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 see if your state provides free or discounted test kits to the public. You should have carbon monoxide alarms installed by all sleeping areas. Insist that your home remains smoke free. Dust mites can irritate 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 using 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. Don’t use scented candles or aerosol sprays to hide 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 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. 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. 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton at 503-374-1934 or simply make your appointment online.