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. However, this could cause less than comfortable living conditions when the same air cycles constantly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Bormida Mechanical Services Inc in Springfield can help!

Introduce a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a uninterrupted stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can bring 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 optimal comfort and health, we advise keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some symptoms 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 turn on your air conditioner more often to get comfortable

Whenever the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s driest 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 Bormida Mechanical Services Inc in Springfield, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 217-210-2662 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!