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 less than comfortable living conditions when the same air cycles over and over through your home. It can also cause humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. The good news is you can have the best of both worlds: an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Kapaun & Brown Inc. in Marshalltown wants 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 constant stream of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always realistic and can bring pollen and other allergens into your home. Installing a whole-home ventilation system is a better solution. It provides fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For optimal 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 red flags 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 turn on 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 winter, indoor relative humidity can drop into single digits—much like that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could alert you 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 Kapaun & Brown Inc. in Marshalltown, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 641-753-3563 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!