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 put your home at risk for 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. HCE Systems Inc in Norton wants to help! Keep a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to decrease health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a uninterrupted influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For optimal 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 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 operate 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 plummet into single digits—much like that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 HCE Systems Inc in Norton, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 276-302-0076 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!