Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? It’s common knowledge that a well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. However, this could cause comfort issues when the same air cycles repeatedly 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. Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing in McMurray can help! Keep 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 flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. It delivers fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For good 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 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 operate your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment When the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can plummet into single digits—much like that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could signal 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 Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing in McMurray, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 724-370-0141 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!