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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality can be a serious health issue and it’s getting worse for more homes every year. Dust, mold, carbon monoxide, radon, mites, etc. are commonly found in homes in every community. In recent years, the issue has gotten worse.

In an effort to increase energy efficiency, many homeowners are sealing up their homes as tightly as possible and packing in as much insulation to the walls and attic as possible. This can interfere with natural ventilation that is vital for maintaining a supply of fresh, clean air. This is not to say that insulation is bad; it simply means that indoor air quality is something to pay special attention too when any weatherization project is begun.

Humidity is considered too high when its level goes above 45% – 50%. It sometimes reaches as high as 80% and up. High humidity can be especially dangerous when combined with high temperatures, because high humidity disrupts the body’s ability to cool itself, which may lead to a heat stroke. Exceptionally high humidity can also trigger asthma symptoms. Mold and mildew thrive in higher humidity climates, as well as dust mites. Therefore, people with heart problems or asthma are advised to be extremely careful during such conditions. Lastly, high humidity can have devastating effects on the structures, furniture and decor of a home.

Low humidity levels can cause problems as well. Humidity levels significantly under 35% can have several effects on your health, which may range from discomfort to serious complications. A common sign that your air is too dry is when your nose, throat and skin feel dry and scratchy. Insufficient moisture in the air makes the mucous membranes inside your nose and throat dry and more susceptible to diseases like a cold and the flu. Dry air is also dangerous for allergy and asthma sufferers since it can aggravate their symptoms. Low humidity can also negatively affect hardwood floors, furniture, computers and electronics, houseplants and wallpaper.

No matter what your situation, American Weathermakers has the best solution to keep you healthy, comfortable and happy.

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