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. Unfortunately, this can lead to uncomfortable living conditions when the same air cycles over and over through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning in Upland wants to help!

Introduce a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a constant stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For improved comfort and health, we suggest keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some symptoms 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 stay cool and dry

If the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could signal 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 Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning in Upland, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 909-982-5698 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!