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 less than comfortable living conditions 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. The good news is that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Effective Service Group, LLC in East Hanover 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 influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can allow 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 recommend keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some red flags 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 overly dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can plummet 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: 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 Effective Service Group, LLC in East Hanover, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 973-884-0065 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!