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. However, this could cause less than comfortable living conditions when the same air is circulated constantly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning in Savage is ready 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 constant flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It provides 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 red flags 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 maintain a comfortable environment

If the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, 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:

  • 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 Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning in Savage, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 952-373-0377 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!