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 constantly through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning in Bishop is ready to help! Keep a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a constant 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 idea. It mixes 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 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 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—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning in Bishop, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 760-784-9034 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!