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 comfort issues when the same air cycles constantly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. The good news is you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Greater Richmond is ready to 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 uninterrupted flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For optimal 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 operate your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry When the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—much like that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could signal 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 Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Greater Richmond, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 804-302-6657 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!