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 repeatedly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Desert Suns Heating & Cooling in Albuquerque 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 stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. 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 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 turn on your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry

If the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—much like that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Desert Suns Heating & Cooling in Albuquerque, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 505-994-9176 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!