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 over and over through your home. It can also lead to 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. Vogts Heating & Air in Pocatello wants to help!

Provide a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to decrease health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a constant flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. 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 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 get comfortable

When the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can plummet into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most barren 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 Vogts Heating & Air in Pocatello, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 208-621-0129 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!