Facts About Indoor Air Quality

Massachusetts residents deserve high-quality air to breathe. Use these suggestions from Falmouth Energy to improve the indoor air quality of your home. These tips can help make residential buildings as safe as possible for yourself and your family. If you have any questions or would like to schedule service to fix any of these problems, please contact Falmouth Energy and we’ll be pleased to help you.

Problem 1:

Nose and throat congestion, eye irritation, headaches, nosebleeds. Too much humidity can result in mold spores cycling through the air, which can make you very sick. Too little humidity can do the opposite, drying out your skin and having adverse effects on your respiratory system.

How to Fix It:

Install a humidifier in your home and increase or decrease the settings based on your preference. All the above symptoms are caused by a lack or abundance of poorly-controlled humidity in the home, which can be easily controlled with a customizable humidifier.

Problem 2:

The kitchen is a hotspot for air pollution and chemical release, due to cooking fumes and gases.

How to Fix It:

Be sure to always run the oven fan while cooking, as propane stoves can release dangerous chemicals that can reduce the quality of your indoor air. Also, be sure the kitchen is well-ventilated and install filters into air vents wherever possible. This will reduce the number of airborne particles floating around and getting into the food you eat.

Problem 3:

“New Car Smell.” Anything that has a “new” scent is usually releasing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your home and the air you breathe most.

How to Fix It:

According to the EPA, these compounds can have short- and long-term negative health effects. Many of these chemicals are found in paint, varnishes, and coatings, so be aware of what you’re bringing into your home. Whether the smell is coming from a new car, recliner, or suitcase, it’s best to let these items air out in a well-ventilated place before living in close contact with them.


Contact Falmouth Energy today to improve your home’s comfort and safety. We’ll find an appointment time that works for you, and make the air you breathe even safer and cleaner than it is now.