Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? A well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. Unfortunately, this can lead to uncomfortable living conditions when the same air circulates over and over through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview can help! Provide 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 allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It mixes 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 turn on your air conditioner more often to get comfortable When the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 903-758-0701 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!