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. Unfortunately, this can 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 put your home at risk for damage from mold. The good news is you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Branson HVAC, LLC in Ridgedale and the Branson area can help! Keep a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to curtail 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. Investing 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 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 get comfortable When the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s driest 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 Branson HVAC, LLC in Ridgedale and the Branson area, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 417-544-4430 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!