Managing indoor humidity should be a priority for every homeowner, especially when it comes to tailoring your heating and cooling preferences to meet your personal home needs. The level of humidity in the air can affect the comfort of your home, as well as, the proper functioning of your HVAC system. Before we go any further let’s review the basics…
Indoor Humidity Levels
Maintaining the right moisture level in your home will ensure that your HVAC systems are working efficiently for you. The right humidity level can help your home to feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter. If levels are not properly maintained, your home will feel decidedly uncomfortable, and your family may also become susceptible to respiratory disorders or chemical reactions. One of the primary functions of your home’s air conditioning system is to remove unwanted moisture from the air. Many times this may not be enough to remove the excess moisture that comes into your home.
In any home, the ideal temperature will be specific to a family’s preferences and based on maintaining recommended humidity levels to ensure comfort and safety. The recommended humidity range is between 45-55%. A home ventilation system or a humidification system can help to address humidity levels in your home.
Low Indoor Humidity Can Cause…
- Static electricity
- Dry, itchy skin and hair
- Susceptibility to colds and respiratory illness
- Viruses and germs thrive
- Damage to wood furniture and floors
- Electronics may be affected
Health Benefits from Using a Humidifier…
- Clears sinuses/Keeps nasal passages moist
- Reduces risk of infections. Studies show that increasing humidity levels to 43% or higher significantly reduced the ability of airborne viruses to cause flu infections.
- Humidifiers keep skin moist leading to softer, glowing skin.
- When wet air moisturizes the respiratory system, snoring can actually decrease over time
due to the relaxing of nasal passages.
- Helps with dry throats and to alleviate sore throats.
Household Benefits from Using a Humidifier…
As the heat travels through your HVAC, it pumps out dry air which in turn can create some problems in your household…
- Static electricity – a humidifier can make the air less dry, and thus lower the possibility of getting shocked.
- Over time dry air can warp and split wood furniture – humidifier will help to keep the air moist.
- Photos and pictures will be protected from brittleness and discoloration by operating a humidifier in the home.
High Humidity Levels Can Attribute to…
- Mold growth
- Muggy conditions
- Rot on woodwork
- Sleep discomfort
To decrease humidity levels in the home, you need to invest in a dehumidifier. Use of a dehumidifier is a good way to manage the air quality that can trigger asthma in your home. Investing in a dehumidifier along with the practice of routine vacuuming and regular changing of the HVAC filter can help regulate the moisture levels to maintain favorable conditions to asthmatics. Installing exhaust fans in your kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms are another way to help decrease high humidity in the home.
Managing Home Humidity Levels in Different Climates
In the wintertime, or in climates that tend to be cold for most of the year, humidification, or adding moisture, is essential, as the colder air is dry and unable to hold moisture. If you have a humidifier, you can manage the humidity level by operating it in the winter. A 30-40% humidity level is recommended during the winter months as is keeping your heating unit set around 68 degrees F. Two additional tricks to try are adding live houseplants for moisture or placing water basins near your heating system.
During the summer months, or in warmer climates, removing moisture, or dehumidification, becomes key. Warmer temps equal too much moisture. For climates where the air tends to be warm and moist for most of the year, the importance of taking moisture out of the air can never be underestimated.
Your home will not only become uncomfortable, but the presence of too much humidity can encourage mold and bacteria growth. A humidity level below 60% is recommended for the summer months. Dehumidifying your home in the summer may allow you to set the thermostat a few degrees higher which will make a difference on your energy bill.
Achieving Recommended Humidity Levels With Proper Equipment
An efficient air conditioning system will help to remove unwanted moisture in your home. However, to achieve this the equipment and ductwork must be the appropriate size for the home and installed correctly. A custom-designed and installed HVAC system for your home can keep you comfortable and save you money in the process. In addition, a whole-house humidification system can be a good solution to help you manage your home humidity levels.
If you are concerned about managing the proper humidity levels in your home, consult with a trusted, professional heating and cooling expert to ensure that your systems are keeping your home environment healthy and comfortable.
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