Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? It’s common knowledge that a well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. Unfortunately, this can lead to comfort issues when the same air cycles over and over 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 you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore is ready to help! Provide a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a constant flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It delivers fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For good 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 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 turn on your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry If the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most parched 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 Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 410-355-6010 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!