AIR QUALITY FAQS
It depends on the time of year. In winter it should be 15 to 40 percent, depending on the outdoor temperature. In the summer it should be 50 percent or less.
Yes, Xcel Energy—a product we highly recommend—promotes a 20 percent energy savings, depending on how you program it. While it may have a decent upfront cost, you’ll definitely save money in the long run. Other companies might not recommend these types of thermostats because it takes some time to learn how it works and to walk homeowners through their new product. Our technicians don’t mind taking the time to explain it to you and help you with programming—we want you to fully understand your new purchase.
Overall, it is best to run the fan all the time but only with the correct type of furnace. It will provide better filtration of indoor air and a more even temperature in every room of your Woodbury home. The top reason you may not want to would be the cost of electricity—and it can be a little noisy and drafty in the winter.
Yes—the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) performs numerous tests and has found that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. It is a good idea to open your windows every so often to bring fresh air into your home.
Vacuuming your house weekly will significantly reduce the amount of pollutants and allergens that have settled and help to maintain a fresh and clean smell in the air. If you have pets or allow smoking indoors, vacuuming a few times a week is highly recommended. Houseplants are another great way to improve the air in your home—research suggests that one houseplant per 100 square feet is best. This will provide extra oxygen and decrease the amount of harmful airborne pollutants.
Just like the humid air in summer seems to add a few degrees to the temperature—the same goes for indoor air. This allows you to set your furnace to a lower temperature, while still achieving maximum warmth and comfort. Dry air can cause sore throats, dry skin, itchy eyes, and bloody noses—and dry air can be a contributing factor in catching a cold or flu. A healthy level of humidity is between 35 and 50 percent. Too much humidity can increase airborne mold, bacteria, and fungi that, when ingested, can lead to other health concerns including infections, asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses.