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 less than comfortable living conditions when the same air cycles constantly through your home. It can also cause 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. Falls Mechanical Services LLC in Great Falls 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 continuous stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in 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 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 run 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 winter months, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—much like that of the world’s most barren 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 Falls Mechanical Services LLC in Great Falls, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 406-761-7283 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!