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. The downside is that it could lead to uncomfortable living conditions when the same air is circulated constantly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera wants to help! Provide 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 influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It delivers fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For good comfort and health, we recommend 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 stay cool and dry When the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most barren 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 Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 559-675-1681 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!