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. However, this could cause 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. Halverson Brothers Inc in Menomonie and western Wisconsin 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 continuous stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It delivers fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For improved 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 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 When the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can plummet into single digits—much like that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could mean that the humidity in your home is too low: Persistent 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 Halverson Brothers Inc in Menomonie and western Wisconsin, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 715-352-4052 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!