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 circulates over and over through your home. It can also result in 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. Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids can help!

Provide 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 invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. 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 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

Whenever the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can plummet into single digits—surprisingly close 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 Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 715-421-5555 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!