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. However, this could cause comfort issues when the same air is circulated constantly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Brookwood Inc in Newton is ready to help! Introduce a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a uninterrupted influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. It mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For good 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 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 run your air conditioner more often to maintain a comfortable environment If the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—surprisingly close 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 Brookwood Inc in Newton, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 641-792-1186 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!