Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

If your home is well sealed and insulated, it can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. The downside is that it could lead to uncomfortable living conditions when the same air is circulated over and over through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of 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. Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City 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 continuous flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It delivers fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For good comfort and health, we suggest keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some signs that could mean 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 stay cool and dry

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

  • Frequent 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 Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 775-882-8154 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!