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. The downside is that it could lead to uncomfortable living conditions when the same air is circulated repeatedly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa is ready to help!

Keep a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to curtail health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a continuous stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It mixes 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 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 stay cool and dry

When 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—much like that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could signal 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 Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 432-333-2208 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!