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How to Keep Your Indoor Air Quality High This Summer

Monday, April 24th, 2017

air-filterWhen summer hits, the number one concern for homeowners is usually staying cool. Having a good air conditioning system to rely on is certainly important, but you also need to be careful to maintain your home’s indoor air quality. Low indoor air quality can both lower your comfort levels, and affect your health in a variety of negative ways. There are a number of ways to address these problems, depending on your individual situation.

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Reasons to Install a Humidifier

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Dry heat can be a lot more comfortable than humid heat, but that doesn’t mean that humidity isn’t a problem in arid climates – it is. It’s just a different problem in that we sometimes don’t have enough humidity. While it seems that humidity is a problem mostly when it’s excessive, the truth is that too little humidity can cause some serious problems as well.

A great way to help balance your indoor air in arid climates like ours is to add a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system. A whole-home humidifier integrates with your current HVAC system, so it’s important to hire an expert for installation. The indoor air quality specialists can help you with all of your IAQ needs, so call us today and schedule an appointment.

Why Install a Humidifier?

According to the EPA, comfortable humidity percentages range from 30%-60%; a humidity level lower than 30% creates a very dry environment. Problems that can develop from too little humidity are:

  • Dry eyes, nose and throat
  • Excessively dry skin
  • Drying of mucous membranes
  • Problems with health, including being more prone to sickness
  • Increased agitation for those with chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma
  • Drying of wood, including flooring, furniture and molding
  • Splitting and splintering of wood and wood products

Lastly, dry conditions allow biological contaminants like viruses and bacteria to thrive, which can put your health at more risk.

Increase Your Comfort and Your Energy Efficiency

Humidity holds heat; this is important because when your home is heating or cooling without enough moisture, the air won’t feel like the temperature you’ve set on the thermostat. Why not? Because the air won’t hold the heat due to the lack of humidity. As such, you may wind up pushing your thermostat even higher during winter and lower during the summer, using extra energy while you do so. When your humidity is balanced, you can actually save energy because the air will feel more comfortable.

Think your home in Pasadena can benefit from a whole-home humidifier? Then call us today!

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Signs that You Need a Humidifier

Friday, July 18th, 2014

During the summer months, it’s not uncommon to hear someone complain about high humidity. When the air is saturated with moisture, it may feel as though you’re walking through a cloud or a swamp. However, extremely low humidity is not much better. But because your home is likely built for efficiency rather than ventilation, you may find that you’re unable to control the humidity levels in your home. While high humidity can lead to excessive condensation buildup in the home and an increase in biological contaminants, low humidity can lead to a lack of warmth in the home as well as health issues.

But, how do you know if you’d truly benefit from a professionally installed whole house humidifier? It can be difficult to tell, though your best option is to call on a professional indoor air quality specialist to make an assessment. Ideally, your humidity level should be about 60% during the summer and between 25% and 40% during the winter, though this can be hard to test without a hygrometer. There are some signs to look out for if you suspect that your humidity is too low.

For example, if you find that your skin and hair are excessively dry when indoors, then your humidity level may be to blame. Dry skin, sore throats and nosebleeds are common during the winter months, when humidity levels drop below what they should be. If you have a furnace or heat pump that heats your indoor air directly, then these conditions can be further exacerbated. Moreover, a lack of moisture in the air makes that air difficult to keep warm.

A whole house humidifier has various benefits. Not only will it keep your humidity optimized throughout the dry season, but it will also ensure that your heating is energy efficient. While portable units have their place, they simply cannot compete with the effectiveness of whole house models. If you’re curious about humidifiers in Corona, CA, but unsure about whether they would work in your home, pick up and phone and give Total Comfort, Inc. a call today. We can give you all the information and professional advice that you need.

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