Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

A well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. Unfortunately, this can lead to uncomfortable living conditions when the same air is circulated constantly 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 that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Hammack Service Company in Richardson wants to 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. Putting in 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 recommend keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some red flags that could mean 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 get comfortable

Whenever the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can plummet into single digits—much like that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Hammack Service Company in Richardson, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 972-669-9192 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!