Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

If your home is well sealed and insulated, it can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. However, this could cause 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. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron is ready to help!

Keep a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to decrease health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a constant stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can bring 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 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 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—much like that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could signal that the humidity in your home is too low:

  • Recurrent 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 MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 308-432-5301 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!