Controlling the humidity levels in your home is a large part of maximizing your comfort and minimizing your energy consumption. The recommended humidity levels within a home are between 30-50%. Too much or too little humidity can cause difficulties for homeowners. Not only that, but we also need humidity for our health. Relative humidity is defined as the percentage of water vapor in the air at a specific temperature, compared to the amount of water vapor the air is capable of holding at that temperature.
When temperatures lower outside, your furnace runs more frequently. Considering the fact that most people feel comfortable with 40% relative humidity, and the fact that your home’s humidity levels can drop to as low as 10% in extreme cold, you must consider how dry indoor air can affect those living in your home. Low humidity causes static electricity, dry skin, chapping, as well as scratchy throats and noses. It can cause you to become more susceptible to colds and respiratory illness as it dries out your mucous membranes in the nose and throat. Not only can it affect your health, but it can affect your home too. Low humidity can cause your wallpaper to peel at the edges and you may notice shrinkage, hardwood floor separation and warping, loosened drawers, and molding gaps.
Warm outside temperatures can cause excess humidity in your home. High humidity in your home can trigger allergic reactions, and when combined with high temperatures, can disrupt the body’s ability to cool itself, possibly leading to a heat stroke. Within your home, it can cause condensation on windows, moldy bathrooms, wet stains on walls and ceilings, musty odor, and a clammy feeling in the air. It may also cause rot and structural damage if high humidity is present for an extended period of time in your home. Molds will be able to reproduce easier and dust mites will thrive in conditions of high humidity.
If you suspect that your home has too much or too little humidity, consult a professional at Joseph Frederick & Sons to assess your indoor air quality. A central air conditioning system will provide equal cooling through the home via a single system. It will handle air quality and temperature as well as moisture levels ad prevent mold growth, musty odors, feelings of fatigue, discomfort, and symptoms of allergies.
Joseph Frederick & Sons
Joseph Frederick & Sons specializes in indoor air quality solutions. We provide a wide selection of proven effective and cost-efficient products like air purifiers, ventilators, and humidifiers. Since the average person spends 90% of their time indoors, we know that it is important to create a safe, comfortable, and healthy environment. Contact us today!