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 constantly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield 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 uninterrupted influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always an option and can invite 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 good 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 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 If the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can plummet 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: 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 Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 661-437-3499 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!