Believe it or not, your home’s indoor humidity can be just as important a factor as temperature in making you and your family comfortable. Living in the optimal humidity range – usually somewhere between 35% and 50% for most people – will have you feeling much better than when it’s too dry or too moist. Here’s why:
The Effects of Dry Air
When your home’s relative humidity drops below 35%, your skin will begin to feel particularly dry and, if it’s wintertime, you’ll get colder faster. A good rule of thumb for being aware of overly dry conditions is to pay attention to the number of static shocks you get around the house. When relative humidity is low, those annoying zaps will happen much more often.
The Effects of Moist Air
You probably learned in grade school that bacteria and mold thrive in moist conditions. It may not have meant much to you then, but as a homeowner this scientific fact becomes much more relevant to everyday life. Relative humidity levels above 50% allow bacteria, mold particles, and mites suspended in the air to thrive much more than properly humidified air. The result of living in an overly humid environment for too long can include worsened allergies and even increased frequency of illness.
Luckily, Climate Control Experts’ technicians are familiar with the equipment and techniques that keep your home within the optimal humidity range. So if you’re feeling dry and itchy or living in what seems like a tropical rainforest, give us a call.