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 constantly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Airtronic Heating & Cooling in Redford is ready to help!

Provide a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a constant flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For improved 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 red flags 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 run your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment

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 parched 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 Airtronic Heating & Cooling in Redford, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 313-537-8111 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!