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 less than comfortable living conditions when the same air cycles over and over through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company in Elmhurst wants to help! Keep a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to curtail health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a continuous influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For improved 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 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 turn on your air conditioner more often to get comfortable Whenever the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—similar to that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could signal 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 Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company in Elmhurst, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 630-570-0252 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!