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 is circulated repeatedly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. in Branchville wants to help! Introduce 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 influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. It delivers fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For good 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 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 stay cool and dry When the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can plummet into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could signal 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 Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. in Branchville, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 973-200-6640 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!