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 over and over through your home. It can also cause 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. ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc in Lake Charles is ready to help! Provide 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 stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For good comfort and health, we advise keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some signs 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 maintain a comfortable environment 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—similar to that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could signal that the humidity in your home is too low: Persistent 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 ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc in Lake Charles, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 337-335-0992 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!