Many people don't realize the potential impacts of poor indoor air quality. These top 10 facts about indoor air quality might surprise you:
Fact #1: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside your home can be up to 5 times dirtier and more polluted than the air outside.
Fact #2: There are many more causes of poor indoor air quality than you might expect, including residues from building materials, radon gas, dust, bacteria, viruses, mold, pollen, pet dander, fumes from cleaning products, cigarette smoke and cooking residue.
Fact #3: Everyone is vulnerable to poor indoor air quality, however those most impacted are pregnant women, children, elderly adults and people who have an existing chronic respiratory issue (including asthma and allergies).
Fact #4: In the United States, there are 25 million people who have asthma.
Fact #5: There are 50 million people who suffer from allergies in the U.S.
Fact #6: Newer homes do not necessarily have better indoor air quality because newer construction techniques and materials used in tight-air construction can trap pollutants inside the home more effectively.
Fact #7: Indoor air quality is evaluated and rated based on six specific factors: Temperature, relative humidity, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, particle allergens and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Fact #8: Improved indoor air quality reduces the amount of airborne bacteria and viruses in the air you breathe at home and can reduce the number of illnesses your family experiences.
Fact #9: Better indoor air quality makes everyone more comfortable by balancing temperature and humidity while also removing irritants that can aggravate respiratory conditions.
Fact #10: Improving indoor air quality can help prevent dry skin and even protect your wood furniture by balancing moisture in the air and removing particulates that damage both skin and furnishings.
Did any of these top indoor air quality facts surprise you? Are you curious about the quality of the air inside your home? Call Carolina Comfort Systems or book a service appointment online today! We can evaluate the quality of your indoor air and discuss solutions for improving the air you and your family breathe with state-of-the-art technology from Bryant.
Conserving energy is one of the few true win-win things you can do in your home. Not only do you reduce your carbon footprint but saving energy saves you money at the same time. Here are the top 10 energy and money-saving tips to use in your home this month:
1. Change lighting from CFL spiral bulbs and traditional lightbulbs to LED bulbs. LED lighting uses less energy, lasts much longer and saves you more money over the lifetime of the bulb.
2. Install weather-stripping around doors and windows to prevent heat loss. Losing heat not only causes your furnace to work harder and longer (using more energy) but costs you money too.
3. When the super chilly days and nights hit, leave the thermostat alone! Bundle up in cozy sweaters and snuggle up with fuzzy blankets when relaxing on the sofa. By not cranking up the heat, you save energy and money.
4. Open the blinds during the daylight hours to take advantage of the brightness and warmth of the sun. When the sun goes down, close the blinds to trap that natural warmth inside.
5. Use your ceiling fan strategically. Warm air rises so turn your ceiling fan to clockwise rotation and run on the lowest speed to gently push that warm air back down where it matters.
6. Keep your furnace maintained. Change the filter monthly or as soon as it gets dirty. Keep vents clean of visible dust and build-up. Have your furnace professionally serviced at least once per year to have it properly cleaned, inspected and maintained for top energy efficiency and longest life for your HVAC system.
7. Close off vents for guest rooms and storage rooms you don't use. This helps heat the rooms you do use faster and easier, and that equals savings for you.
8. If you only use one or two rooms, save even more by dropping your thermostat to 62 degrees and using an energy-efficient space heater in the rooms you actually use. Combine this tip with #7 to maximize your savings.
9. Invest in cozy flannel sheets, thick fleece PJs and a warm comforter--and then drop your thermostat setting by 10-15 degrees while you sleep. You'll stay toasty warm and save cash while you dream.
10. Use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens and attics sparingly. They can pull warm air right out of your home, making your furnace kick on more often.
Saving energy is good for the planet and saving money is good for your wallet. For more energy and money-saving tips, chat with your Carolina Comfort Systems technician or book a service appointment.online today!