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 cycles constantly 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 an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. North Mechanical Heating and Cooling in Payson is ready to help! Keep a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a continuous flow of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting 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 good 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 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 run your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry Whenever the air in your home is excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most parched 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 North Mechanical Heating and Cooling in Payson, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 928-263-8570 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!