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 less than comfortable living conditions when the same air is circulated over and over through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. The good news is you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Hopper Heating and Air in Shelby can 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 constant stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For improved 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 red flags 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 maintain a comfortable environment

When the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could mean 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 Hopper Heating and Air in Shelby, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 704-233-7363 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!