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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

Improving air quality can enhance your comfort.

With fuel and electricity costs on the rise, today's homes are sealed and insulated better than ever. While this helps reduce utility bills by keeping heated or cooled air from escaping, it can create uncomfortable living conditions because the same air is continuously circulated throughout the home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and put homes at risk for damage from mold.

Keeping the air moving
Your home needs a constant flow of fresh air to feel its best—and to reduce pollutants that could make your family sick. You could open a window, but in the middle of winter or a blazing summer, that means giving up your comfort. It also invites pollen and other allergens into your home. A better option is to install a whole-home ventilation system, which mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air.

Controlling humidity levels
According to national studies, your home’s relative humidity levels should range between 30% and 60% for optimal comfort and health. When your air is properly dehumidified, your home just feels better, floor to ceiling.

Too much moisture in your home
Few things affect indoor comfort quite like humidity. When your home has too much moisture inside, the air can feel heavy, sticky and unpleasant.

Look for these signs of a humidity problem in your home:

  • Areas that are consistently damp
  • Musty odors
  • Condensation stains on the ceiling
  • Condensation or frost on windows
  • Sticky or clammy feeling in the air
  • Peeling wallpaper
  • You find yourself lowering your thermostat and running your air conditioner more often to get comfortable

The problem of dry indoor air
When cold air is heated, it expands, causing the relative humidity (RH) in your home to decrease. This may be particularly evident in the winter months, when indoor RH can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s driest deserts.

Some signs the humidity in your home may be too low include:

  • 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

Solutions to help maintain ideal humidity levels
Designed to easily integrate with your HVAC system, a Healthy Climate® Dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the air. Depending on the model you choose, you can control humidity in your entire home or a single area. Healthy Climate humidifiers add moisture to your home’s air as needed to keep it comfortable.