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. The downside is that it could lead to uncomfortable living conditions when the same air circulates over and over through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Forster Heating in Auburn is ready to 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 flow 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 provides 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 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 turn on your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry When the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Forster Heating in Auburn, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 530-885-8081 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!