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. Unfortunately, this can lead to uncomfortable living conditions when the same air cycles constantly 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 that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Olde Towne Heating & Air in Mount Pleasant can 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 flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For improved 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 signs 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 turn on your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment

If the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—much like that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could signal 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 Olde Towne Heating & Air in Mount Pleasant, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 843-856-1433 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!