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 uncomfortable living conditions when the same air is circulated repeatedly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. The good news is you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe is ready 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 uninterrupted influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It delivers 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 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 operate your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment

Whenever the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most parched 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 Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 913-432-3342 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!