Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

A well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. Unfortunately, this can lead to less than comfortable living conditions when the same air circulates constantly through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton wants to help!

Introduce a constant flow of fresh air.

To make your home as comfortable as possible and to decrease health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a continuous flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Keep humidity under control.

For optimal 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 could mean 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 overly dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—much like that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 503-848-3838 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!