Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? If your home is well sealed and insulated, it can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. The downside is that it could lead to comfort issues 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. The good news is that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. YES R&M Inc. in Long Beach can 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 constant influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can invite pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better remedy. It provides 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 might suggest 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 excessively dry, you can also have problems. In the winter, indoor relative humidity can dip into single digits—similar to that of the world’s most barren deserts. These symptoms could alert you that the humidity in your home is too low: Persistent 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 YES R&M Inc. in Long Beach, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels throughout your whole home. Call us at 562-286-6624 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!