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. Unfortunately, this can lead to uncomfortable living conditions when the same air cycles repeatedly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of 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. Total Comfort Solutions in Kennesaw and Metro Atlanta wants to help! Provide a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a continuous influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It delivers 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 signs that might suggest 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 overly 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 most barren deserts. These symptoms could mean that the humidity in your home is too low: Frequent 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 Total Comfort Solutions in Kennesaw and Metro Atlanta, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 404-692-7472 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!