Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

A well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. The downside is that it could lead to comfort issues when the same air is circulated repeatedly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. The good news is that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service in Raceland wants to help!

Provide a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a uninterrupted influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. 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 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 turn on your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment

Whenever the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service in Raceland, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 985-537-6795 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!