The amount of humidity in your home can present different types of challenges, depending on the time of year. In order to address these issues and ensure your home is maintained at the proper humidity levels, our heating and cooling experts share the following information.
- Maintain the ideal indoor humidity levels year- Indoor humidity levels should be maintained between thirty and fifty percent. At this level, you will notice your home feels cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. You can even adjust your thermostat a few degrees up in the summer and down in the winter to save on your energy bills.
- Too much humidity can cause problems with mold and mildew. If humidity levels inside your home are above fifty percent, they could help promote the growth of mold and mildew. Both mold and mildew require moist, damp, and humid environments to grow and thrive. Not to mention, mold and mildew can be a health hazard if they get out of hand.
- Too little humidity inside the home allows viruses and bacteria to spread and thrive. On the other end of the humidity spectrum are viruses and bacteria. At lower levels of humidity, there is not enough moisture in the air to limit how long (VIRUSES AND BACTERIA) they can last. In some cases, certain strains could be around for up to a month or longer.
- Colds, flu, and other illnesses last longer in homes with low humidity levels. A side effect of thriving viruses and bacteria is the spread of illnesses (Add period) in homes with low humidity levels. This is also why you will notice people get colds and flu in the fall and winter when humidity levels are lower.
- At higher levels of humidity, the indoor air will feel hotter. Have you ever noticed in the middle of summer on humid days, even though your AC is at your preferred setting, it just does not seem to cool you off? The culprit is because THAT you have an excessive amount of humidity inside your home.
- At lower levels of humidity, the indoor air will feel colder. On the opposite side of the humidity scale in the winter, on the driest days, when there is very little humidity in the air, you can feel cold and chilled, even though your furnace is on and running.
How to Regulate and Control Indoor Humidity Levels
In order to maintain an indoor humidity level between thirty and fifty percent, you will need to rely on a few additional components that may be able to be incorporated into your home’s heating and cooling system.
The first component you will need is a dehumidifier. The purpose of the dehumidifier is to remove excess moisture from the indoor air and reduce humidity levels. The second component you will need is a humidifier. A humidifier adds humidity to the air to increase humidity levels.
There are units of all different sizes, depending on the size of your home. You can even find smaller units perfect for individual rooms within the home.
The third component you will want to get is a humidistat. A humidistat is similar to a thermostat, except it shows you the percentage of humidity in the indoor air inside your home. Some brands offer a combination thermostat and humidistat in a single unit.
In cases where you can incorporate the humidifier and dehumidifier into your existing AC and furnace system, the humidistat will also control when these components turn on and off. For additional information about maintaining the humidity levels in your home, as well as choosing the best dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and humidistats, please feel free to contact A+ Services at 360-464-2493 today!