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 comfort issues when the same air cycles constantly through your home. It can also cause 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. Durable Service in Holdrege can help! Introduce 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. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It mixes 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 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 When the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—much like that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Durable Service in Holdrege, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 308-995-8177 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!