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 put your home at risk for damage from mold. The good news is you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. ACS Inc in Metro Atlanta wants to help!

Introduce a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to decrease health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a constant flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For improved 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 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 run your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment

Whenever the air in your home is excessively 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 most parched 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 ACS Inc in Metro Atlanta, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 770-939-7500 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!