As the temperature of the air outside changes with the seasons, relative humidity level changes…
Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air; relative humidity is dependent on current temperature. A summer day with high humidity can make the air feel thicker and the temperature hotter, while a winter day with a lack of humidity can make everything feel dry. As a homeowner, how can you maintain ideal humidity for in-home comfort all year round?
What Is the Right Level of Moisture?
The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends 45 to 55 percent humidity for a healthy indoor environment. Levels lower than 30 percent and higher than 60 percent may make us more susceptible to respiratory viruses. This level of moisture in the air also avoids the uncomfortable sticky summer and dry winter feelings some homes fall victim to.
What Are the Effects of High and Low Humidity?
Unwanted moisture can cause damage both inside and outside of your home if left untreated. Adjusting the humidity level in your home is as easy as using a humidifier in the winter and an exhaust fan in the summer! What are the negative effects of humidity that is too high or low?
When it comes to the structural integrity of your home, an extreme humidity level can lead to the development of mold, which can be deadly. In terms of your comfort, high humidity causes muggy conditions that are uncomfortably hot.
When the humidity is too low, homeowners with wood furniture or floors should worry about damage to these structures from a lack of moisture. This dry air can also cause itchy skin and make us more prone to colds and bacterial infections.
Homeowners can measure the humidity in their home using a hygrometer. With warmer seasons approaching fast, if it’s too high, dehumidify!
In the summertime, a properly functioning air conditioning unit can help remove unwanted moisture in your home. When was the last time an HVAC professional performed maintenance on your A/C? Schedule a service call through Glasco Heating & Air Conditioning today!