Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

A well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. Unfortunately, this can lead to comfort issues when the same air cycles constantly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. The good news is you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Stanford Heating & Cooling in Bloomfield wants to help!

Provide a constant flow of fresh air.

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

Keep humidity under control.

For improved comfort and health, we recommend keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some signs that might suggest 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 operate your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry

When the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—much like that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could alert you that the humidity in your home is too low:

  • Recurrent 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 Stanford Heating & Cooling in Bloomfield, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 812-825-8695 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!