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 uncomfortable living conditions when the same air cycles constantly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. The good news is that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. American HVAC Inc in San Jose wants to help! Introduce a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a constant stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For improved 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 might suggest 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 stay cool and dry If 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 parched deserts. These symptoms could mean 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 American HVAC Inc in San Jose, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 408-215-1018 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!