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 uncomfortable living conditions when the same air cycles over and over through your home. It can also cause 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. Boyles Mechanical LLC in Marietta 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 stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For improved 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 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 operate your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment

Whenever the air in your home is too 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 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 Boyles Mechanical LLC in Marietta, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 866-326-9537 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!