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 is circulated constantly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing in Selbyville is ready to help!

Provide 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 influx 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 remedy. 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 symptoms that could mean 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

Whenever the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could mean 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 Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing in Selbyville, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 302-436-2922 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!