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. Unfortunately, this can lead to comfort issues when the same air circulates repeatedly through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Air Houston Mechanical LLC in Huffman can help! Introduce a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to curtail 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. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. 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 red flags 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 operate your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment When 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 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 Air Houston Mechanical LLC in Huffman, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 832-777-1521 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!