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 less than comfortable living conditions when the same air cycles constantly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople 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 allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For good 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 red flags 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 get comfortable

Whenever the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—similar to that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could alert you that the humidity in your home is too low:

  • Persistent 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 Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 724-452-6280 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!