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 comfort issues when the same air is circulated repeatedly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning in Saint Marys can help!

Provide a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to curtail health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a continuous stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. 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 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 run your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment

Whenever the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can plummet into single digits—similar to that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning in Saint Marys, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 912-208-2470 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!