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 circulates constantly through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Wolfe & Sons Inc in Columbus 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 uninterrupted influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It provides 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 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 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 winter months, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could mean that the humidity in your home is too low:

  • Frequent 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 Wolfe & Sons Inc in Columbus, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 614-451-0846 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!