Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? 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 over and over through your home. It can also lead to 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. Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning in Hattiesburg can help! Keep a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to decrease health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a constant influx 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 solution. It mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For optimal 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 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 run your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry Whenever the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—much like that of the world’s most parched 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 Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning in Hattiesburg, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 601-268-3486 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!