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. However, this could cause comfort issues when the same air is circulated repeatedly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco can help!

Introduce 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 influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing 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 advise 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 get comfortable

When the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—much like that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 925-233-6238 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!