Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

A well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. Unfortunately, this can lead to less than comfortable living conditions when the same air cycles repeatedly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Schagrin Gas Company in Middletown wants to help!

Introduce a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to curtail health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a uninterrupted flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It delivers 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 red flags 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 stay cool and dry

Whenever the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can plummet into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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

At Schagrin Gas Company in Middletown, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 302-658-2000 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!