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 repeatedly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC in Northwest Arkansas is ready to help! Keep 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 flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For good 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 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 run your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment When the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most parched 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 AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC in Northwest Arkansas, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 479-226-8196 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!