Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? If your home is well sealed and insulated, it can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. However, this could cause less than comfortable living conditions when the same air circulates repeatedly through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for 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. Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney wants to help! Introduce a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to decrease health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a uninterrupted stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It delivers fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For improved 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 signs 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 dip into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most barren 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 Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 308-624-3485 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!