Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

It’s common knowledge that a well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. The downside is that it could lead to comfort issues when the same air cycles repeatedly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. The good news is you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc in Heflin is ready to help!

Keep 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 flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing 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 symptoms 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 operate your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment

When 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 signal 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 Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc in Heflin, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 256-270-1196 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!