Humidity control is an essential part of maintaining good indoor air quality. It’s important to note that indoor humidity levels are relative to the season; therefore, they vary throughout the year. In this blog, residential cooling company Schmitt shares an overview of why maintaining proper indoor humidity levels is so important.
Relative Indoor Humidity
Ideal indoor humidity varies between households, but it usually ranges anywhere from 35% to 50% relative to outdoor temperatures. Low indoor humidity, which is prevalent during winter, creates a dry environment, which makes occupants in the home prone to dry skin, irritated nostrils and chapped lips. As humidity levels drop, so too does the amount of moisture found in wallpaper, drywall and wood furniture, which results in brittleness, shrinking and cracking. Without humidity control, allergens like mold, dust mites and bacteria can thrive. Indoor spaces with humidity levels 55% or above are more susceptible to such problems. Humid indoor air feels warmer than it actually is because of the high moisture level, and has been described as “sticky” and “stuffy”. Fortunately, working with a trusted residential cooling company can help alleviate some, if not all, of your home’s humidity issues.
Controlling Indoor Air Humidity
To control relative indoor humidity, you need a hygrometer–an inexpensive device that measures indoor humidity–especially if you’re using (or planning to use) a standalone humidifier/dehumidifier system. Homeowners have reported feeling comfortable with humidity levels between 30% and 60%; however, ideal levels should be between 45% and 55%. Check the hygrometer for indoor humidity levels and use this information to adjust your humidifier/dehumidifier output accordingly.
Alternatively, you can hire an HVAC contractor to install a whole-home humidifier/dehumidifier system, which can be integrated with your HVAC and/or smart home system. Advanced systems are able to monitor seasonal changes, which can help automate your entire heating and cooling process.
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