Managing Humidity Levels Year-Round
Humidity can be found in any climate that you live in, but there are many ways to manage the levels in your home all year-round.
During the summer months the air holds more moisture, increasing the levels of humidity. In the winter months the air contains less water, decreasing the levels of humidity.
A comfortable level of humidity should be between 30-60%
The recommended level of humidity should be between 45-55%
A level that is too high will fall between 60-80%
When levels are too low or too high many different health issues and illnesses can occur or become exacerbated, such as:
- Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma
- Respiratory Infections
- Dry and Itchy Skin
- Foggy Brain
Too little humidity can damage wood flooring and wood furniture. Electronics can also be damaged due to static electricity.
Too much humidity can cause condensation build-up on windows causing the wood to rot, wet stains on walls and ceilings, and mold to grow (especially in the bathrooms). Extended periods of high humidity can also cause rot and structural damage to your home.
A simple solution to fix these issues is investing in a humidifier and dehumidifier.
Humidifier Health Benefits
- Helps clear your sinuses
- Softer skin
- Improves sleep and helps with dry throats
- Alleviates sore throats
- Reduces snoring due to the respiratory system becoming moisturized
- Risk of infection reduced significantly!
Dehumidifier Health Benefits
- Prevents mold which causes skin rashes, throat/eye irritations, sneezing, and coughing
- Cleanses the air of potentially harmful substances
- Helps to eliminate dust mites which are irritants for allergy and asthma suffers
Most importantly, you should always remember to stay on top of your recommended routine maintenance of your HVAC. This includes making sure you are changing your filters every 3 months for a home without pets and every 2 months for a home with pets.