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. The downside is that it could lead to uncomfortable living conditions when the same air cycles repeatedly through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and put your home at risk for damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk wants to help! Keep 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 an option 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 optimal 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 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 turn on 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 months, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—similar to that of the world’s driest 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 WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 319-229-2318 or make an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!