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 cycles repeatedly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Alltemp Comfort Services LLC in Columbia can help! Keep a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to curtail health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a uninterrupted influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For good 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 red flags that could mean 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 turn on your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry Whenever 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—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could mean 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 Alltemp Comfort Services LLC in Columbia, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 803-318-6995 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!