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 cycles constantly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Brookwood Inc in Newton can 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 idea. 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 red flags 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 When the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—surprisingly close 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 Brookwood Inc in Newton, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 641-316-9803 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!