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 less than comfortable living conditions when the same air circulates constantly through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Gillman Heating and Air in Perry wants to 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 stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting 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 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 symptoms 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 turn on your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry Whenever the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could mean that the humidity in your home is too low: Persistent 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 Gillman Heating and Air in Perry, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 478-202-3076 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!