Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

A well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. However, this could cause comfort issues when the same air cycles constantly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. The good news is that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Danco Heating & Cooling in Minocqua 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 continuous stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For good 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 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 run your air conditioner more often to get comfortable

If the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can dip 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:

  • 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 Danco Heating & Cooling in Minocqua, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 715-356-7000 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!