Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? It’s common knowledge that a well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. However, this could cause uncomfortable living conditions when the same air circulates over and over through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. That said, you’ll be glad to know you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Ocean Air Conditioning in Orange County wants to help! Provide 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 stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For improved 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 symptoms 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 If the air in your home is excessively 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 barren 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 Ocean Air Conditioning in Orange County, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 949-525-9119 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!