Your home is a lot like a human body. It needs to stay properly hydrated in order to maintain the health and comfort of those living in it. Since we spend 85-95% of each day indoors, it becomes extremely important to maintain a comfortable and healthy indoor environment.
What Happens When Humidity is Too Low?
When it’s cold outside, there is insufficient moisture in the air and this can lead to a variety of problems, including dry and bleeding noses, sore throats, cracked and itchy skin, breathing problems, dust buildup and static electricity. Older & less energy-efficient homes are more likely to suffer from low humidity.
What Happens When Humidity is Too High?
When there is too much moisture in your home, wet air can get trapped in corners, basements and other closed areas. This is usually most noticeable in bathrooms, kitchens & laundry rooms where moisture gathers in corners and on ceilings and creates mildew that is often difficult to remove. Condensation can also accumulate on windows, causing water to drip down the window and wooden frames, contributing to rotting of the wood.
This excess moisture provides a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold which can be very harmful to your health. Excess moisture also makes your home more inviting to pests and insects such as cockroaches and termites.
Recommended Humidity Levels
The recommended average relative humidity level for a home is between 35 – 45%. Anywhere in this range will provide your home and your body with just the right amount of moisture. Humidity levels can easily be checked with a hygrometer ( a small, inexpensive tool similar to a thermometer). In addition, with a new state-of-the-art humidifier, the humidity level can easily be controlled & adjusted to your exact comfort level.
Installed directly onto your current HVAC system, a humidifier will distribute pleasing and replenishing moisture throughout your entire home. Not only will the perfect level of moisture protect your health and your belongings, because it costs less to heat moist air, you’ll be able to keep your thermostat lower. The added moisture will also make cooler temperatures even more comfortable in the summer, helping you to save on your energy bills year around.