Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? If your home is well sealed and insulated, it can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. The downside is that it could lead to comfort issues when the same air circulates over and over through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. The good news is you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Breathe Healthier Air in Stuart is ready to help! Provide 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 stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It delivers fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For optimal 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 symptoms 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 stay cool and dry When the air in your home is excessively 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 driest 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 Breathe Healthier Air in Stuart, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 772-228-6980 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!