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 comfort issues when the same air cycles over and over 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 the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Kilbourne Heating & AC in Delray Beach can 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 uninterrupted influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can invite 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 signs 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 run your air conditioner more often to get comfortable

If the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—much like that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could signal 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 Kilbourne Heating & AC in Delray Beach, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 561-287-7071 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!