High humidity levels can make your home uncomfortable and unpleasant. Combined with high temperatures, high humidity can make your home feel sticky, sweaty and just plain intolerable. High humidity levels can also affect the proper functioning of your HVAC system, making the temperature less stable throughout your home. Here is some more information about indoor humidity and how to magi it from the HVAC specialists at R.J. Wiley.
What Is The Right Humidity Level?
The right humidity level will help your home stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The rule of thumb is to keep the relative humidity level in your home above 30%. For the most comfortable and temperature-controlled results, keep humidity levels between 40% and 50%.
How Does Indoor Humidity Change with the Seasons?
Much like the temperature, the level of moisture in the air will change depending on the season. Cold air in winter contains less moisture so humidity levels will be lower, whereas the high moisture content in warm air leads to higher humidity levels. Low humidity levels can cause dry and itchy skin, cold and flus, and damage to wood furniture and floors. High humidity can cause mold growth and respiratory difficulties.
How Can You Maintain Good Indoor Humidity Levels?
The best weapon against deficient or excess humidity levels is through your HVAC system. Air conditioners come with built-in air filters that pull out excess moisture from the air, which stops humidity levels from rising in the summer. Using exhaust fans during periods of peak humidity are also a great way to control the moisture content in the air. During the winter, placing a water basin near your home heating system can help circulate more moisture into the air, and you can regulate humidity during the dry months of the year by adding a portable humidifier to your home.
If you want to keep your home comfortable and pleasant all year long, monitoring your humidity levels can be as important as regulating temperature. At R.J. Wiley, we provide expert HVAC installation, maintenance and repair to ensure that your home heating and cooling system is also working to moderate humidity levels as well as the temperature of your home. For more information about our HVAC products and services, contact us today at R.J. Wiley.