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 is circulated over and over through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. The good news is that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area is ready 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 uninterrupted flow 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.

Whenever the air in your home is too 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 barren 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

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 symptoms 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 operate your air conditioner more often to get comfortable

At Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 510-343-9841 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!