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 circulates over and over through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. The good news is that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica is ready to help!

Provide a constant flow of fresh air.

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

Keep humidity under control.

For optimal 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 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

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—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could signal 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 Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 586-731-0950 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!