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 cycles repeatedly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro can help!

Keep 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 stream 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 delivers 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 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 operate 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 wintertime, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—much like that of the world’s most parched 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 Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 256-574-1300 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!