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. The downside is that it could lead to comfort issues when the same air is circulated over and over through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Superior Comfort Systems in Hendersonville is ready to help!

Introduce a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to decrease health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a constant flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting 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 recommend keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some signs that might suggest 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

When the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—surprisingly close to 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 Superior Comfort Systems in Hendersonville, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 828-775-5176 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!