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. What’s encouraging, though, is that you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield 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 constant 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 idea. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For good comfort and health, we suggest keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some signs 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 operate your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment If the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could mean 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 PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 815-410-1231 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!