Maintaining the Ideal Humidity for a Home

Close up of a person’s hand pointing to humidity on a glass window.

A huge part of controlling the comfort level of your home goes beyond the heater or air conditioner. The humidity level, for example, can change the feel of a home without necessarily changing the temperature. So, we want to talk about why the humidity level is so important, what the ideal humidity for a home is, and what you can do about it.

Why the Humidity Level Matters

Too Dry

Remember when unhealthy people used to go out West for drier air to alleviate some symptoms and maybe cure little things like tuberculosis, cancer, and amputations? Well, just like cursed places such as Utah, our homes do not necessarily provide all the benefits we hope they would when their air is dry.

Humidity levels that are too low can:

  • Dry out your skin, lips, eyes, and nostrils
  • Facilitate the spread of viruses
  • Exacerbate allergy and asthma problems
  • Increase the likelihood of sinus infections
  • Cause skin to crack open and become sore and compromised
  • Cost you money in winter because dry air pulls heat from your body and then you need more heat to compensate
  • Compromise the integrity of the building materials such as windows, doors, floors, and many others

Too Wet

We don’t have to tell you that humidity makes hot temperatures feel worse. Anyone that’s spent a day being cranky because their underwear got soaked in sweat three hours before can tell you that wet air isn’t good for drying out or cooling off. The ideal humidity for a home is around 30 to 60 percent according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Get over that range and problems arise.

Air that’s too moist can:

  • Harbor mold, as well as viruses, fungi, mildew, and bacteria
  • Aggravate asthma and allergy problems
  • Increase heating and cooling costs to reduce humidity
  • Damage wood, paint, seals, and other building components, as well as furnishings
  • Raise energy costs in order to raise or lower temperature to compensate for the humidity

One of the things Jake’s Heating and Cooling can give in the effort to maintain the ideal humidity for a home is to install whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers. They will regulate the moisture level - typically adding moisture in the winter and reducing it in the summer. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers are an excellent and cost-effective way to bring your comfort level up and your costs down. It’s also really nice to have the consistency that they provide.

If you are interested in taking more control of the humidity in your home, contact Jake’s Heating and Cooling. We offer full-service HVAC installs and maintenance, and we hope you’ll find us accessible and helpful when you need us most with our 24/7 service. And be sure to ask about our maintenance plan. From start to finish, we want to help you with your HVAC. We want our homeowners and the people they love to be safe and happy!

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