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. 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 an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Pinnacle HVAC LLC in Homer Glen 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 continuous stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. It delivers fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For optimal 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 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 wintertime, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Pinnacle HVAC LLC in Homer Glen, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 708-301-0170 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!