Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? A well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. The downside is that it could lead to less than comfortable living conditions when the same air is circulated over and over 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. James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington is ready to 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 uninterrupted influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. It delivers 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 symptoms 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 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 wintertime, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could mean 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 336-853-6070 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!