Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

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 repeatedly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. The good news is you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Watts Electric & A/C Inc in Columbia wants to 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 influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It delivers fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For good 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 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 maintain a comfortable environment

When the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most barren 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 Watts Electric & A/C Inc in Columbia, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 601-736-7362 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!