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. The downside is that it could lead to comfort issues when the same air is circulated constantly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in West Jefferson wants to help! Provide 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 an option and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For improved 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 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 operate 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 plummet into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most barren 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 West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in West Jefferson, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 614-450-1575 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!