Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

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 cycles repeatedly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. The good news is that it’s possible to have 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 reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a uninterrupted influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. 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 signs 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 stay cool and dry

When the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can drop 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 through your entire 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!