Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

It’s common knowledge that a well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. The downside is that it could lead to comfort issues when the same air circulates constantly through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Mobile can help!

Keep a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a uninterrupted influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. It mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For optimal comfort and health, we advise keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some signs that may indicate your home is too humid:

  • Consistently damp areas
  • Musty odors
  • Condensation stains on the ceiling
  • Condensation or frost on windows
  • Sticky or clammy feeling in the air
  • Peeling wallpaper
  • You have to turn on your air conditioner more often to get comfortable

Whenever the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could alert you that the humidity in your home is too low:

  • Persistent allergies or respiratory illnesses
  • Scratchy, sore throat or excessive cough
  • Dry, irritated nasal passages
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Chapped lips
  • Static shocks
  • Cracked, peeling wallpaper
  • Warped or cracked wood
  • Damage to household furnishings

At Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Mobile, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 251-471-2674 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!