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 less than comfortable living conditions when the same air circulates over and over through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline wants to help! Keep a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to decrease health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a continuous 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 provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For optimal comfort and health, we suggest keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some red flags that might suggest 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 get comfortable Whenever the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 309-323-9584 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!