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. Unfortunately, this can lead to comfort issues when the same air is circulated repeatedly through your home. It can also lead to humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning in York is ready to 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 stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can invite 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 improved 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 symptoms 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 stay cool and dry Whenever the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can plummet into single digits—surprisingly close to that of the world’s most parched 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 Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning in York, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 717-383-4479 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!