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 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 that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc in Bossier City can help! Introduce 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 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 solution. It provides 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 red flags that may indicate 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 When the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can plummet into single digits—similar to that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could mean 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 Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc in Bossier City, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 318-747-4965 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!