Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? 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 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 that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning in Hattiesburg can 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 continuous influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in 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 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 operate your air conditioner more often to get comfortable Whenever the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the winter months, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most parched deserts. These symptoms could mean 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 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 601-292-9763 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!