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 constantly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. The good news is that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. in Topeka is ready to help! Provide a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to decrease health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a uninterrupted flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It mixes 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 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 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—similar to that of the world’s most barren 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 Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. in Topeka, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 785-357-6200 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!