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. Unfortunately, this can lead to uncomfortable living conditions when the same air circulates over and over through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Polar Air & Heating Inc in Las Vegas can help!

Provide 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 influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For improved 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 symptoms 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 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 plummet into single digits—similar to that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could signal that the humidity in your home is too low:

  • Frequent 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 Polar Air & Heating Inc in Las Vegas, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 702-623-0579 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!