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. Unfortunately, this can lead to uncomfortable living conditions when the same air circulates repeatedly through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney wants to 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 stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. It mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For optimal comfort and health, we suggest keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some signs 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 turn on your air conditioner more often to get comfortable

Whenever the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—similar to that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could mean 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 Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 308-624-3485 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!