Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? A well-sealed and insulated home can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. However, this could cause less than comfortable living conditions when the same air cycles repeatedly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and expose your home to the risk of damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas in Dallas is ready 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 uninterrupted stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Putting 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 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 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 When the air in your home is too dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most barren 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 Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas in Dallas, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels through your entire home. Call us at 214-261-0034 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!