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 uncomfortable living conditions when the same air is circulated repeatedly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. The good news is you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Davis Heating & Air Conditioning in Rocky Mount can help! Introduce a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to decrease health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a uninterrupted flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can allow 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 improved 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 signs that might suggest 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 Whenever the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could alert you that the humidity in your home is too low: 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 At Davis Heating & Air Conditioning in Rocky Mount, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 540-369-3790 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!