Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

It’s common knowledge that a well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. However, this could cause comfort issues when the same air is circulated over and over through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to 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. Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc in Racine is ready to help!

Keep a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to curtail health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a constant flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It delivers fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For optimal 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 symptoms 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 get comfortable

If the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, 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:

  • 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 Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc in Racine, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 262-358-9468 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!