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Healthy Winter Home

Keeping your family healthy during the winter months can be challenging.  Flu season plus cold weather in Charlotte, NC will create a perfect storm for unhealthy indoor air conditions. Take a moment to evaluate the following steps and understand how easy it is to increase the quality of your indoor air.

Healthy Home Heating and Cooling

Keeping your home’s interior environment as healthy as possible during the heating and cooling seasons involves several considerations. These include proper insulation, clean air ducts and adequately addressed air quality control issues. By focusing on these primary areas of concern, you can help ensure that your summer cooling and winter heating will enhance your indoor comfort while contributing to a safer, healthier home. Consider discussing each of the following areas with an HVAC expert to devise a plan to correct the issues that may be compromising your family’s health and comfort:

Attic Insulation

The right kind and amount of insulation in your attic will not only keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, but it will also help prevent both air and moisture infiltration into your home. In summer less hot outdoor air will enter, and in winter less warm indoor air will escape, keeping you more comfortable. Moisture levels will also decrease, creating fewer issues with unhealthy mold and mildew growth.

Recent rainfall statistics illustrate the need for humidity control in local homes: Average rainfall in Charlotte for January through August, 2013 was up by about 7 inches over the same period in 2012, making that January through August period the 10th wettest in 72 years. Because summers in the Charlotte area are this hot and humid and winters this cold and damp, making sure your attic insulation creates a barrier that’s sufficient to provide such dual temperature and humidity control is crucial for your family’s health and comfort. Sprayfoam insulation, a solution you’ll find on the Melton Heating & Air Conditioning service menu, offers both of these advantages.

Air Duct Cleaning, Sealing and Repair

Clean, well-sealed air ducts that are also in good repair can be one of your best lines of defense against airborne contaminants. Since you use your duct system for both heating and cooling, contaminants tend to build up in both winter and summer. While duct cleaning doesn’t need to be done every year, it’s always a good idea to have your air ducts inspected to check for mold growth or debris buildup and determine whether repairs might be needed.

Indoor Air Quality Solutions

While proper insulation, clean and well-sealed air ducts and regular HVAC maintenance will go a long way toward keeping your indoor air healthy, you may just find that you need additional help from one of the following IAQ solutions:

  • An air cleaner such as an air filter or air purifier
  • A moisture-control device such as a humidifier or dehumidifier
  • A fresh air aid such as an energy recovery or heat recovery ventilator
  • A germicidal aid such as a UV lamp
  • A harmful gas detection device such as a carbon monoxide (CO) monitor

A qualified HVAC contractor can help you determine which indoor air quality technology will work best for you.

Healthy Home and Bank Account

At Melton Heating & Air Conditioning we can provide the specific services you need to maximize health and comfort while lowering the costs of heating and cooling your home. Once you’ve implemented the above solutions, you’ll say good-bye to high heating and cooling bills and hello to that exotic vacation you’ve been saving up for all this time. Give us a call today to take the first step toward a healthier home and bank account.