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. The downside is that it could lead to comfort issues when the same air cycles repeatedly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. M & S Heating & Air LLC in Mechanicsville is ready to help! Provide 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 stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. It mixes 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 symptoms that may indicate 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 Whenever the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—much like 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 M & S Heating & Air LLC in Mechanicsville, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 301-363-4699 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!