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How Does Humidity Affect Comfort

Published on: May 1, 2019
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Controlling home humidity levels is of utmost importance to residents of the Southeastern US. Whether it’s battling high humidity in the summer or low humidity in the winter, finding a comfortable humidity level can sometimes be a challenge. But what exactly is humidity and how does it affect your comfort level?

What is Humidity

Humidity, or absolute humidity, is the amount of moisture that is present in the air. This is typically reported in grams per cubic meter. Relative humidity, on the other hand, is the amount of moisture in the air relative to the amount it can hold. Relative humidity is usually reported as a percentage. The ideal indoor humidity comfort level is between 40-50%. If the outdoor temperature is below 20 degrees, then your humidity levels should also be lowered further, so condensation doesn’t form on your windows.

What if My Indoor Humidity is too High – Comfort

If your indoor humidity is higher than it should be, it can cause a number of comfort-related issues. You might feel cold or clammy, your indoor allergies may become worse (since high-humidity areas encourage mold and mildew growth), and it may make it difficult to sleep. Not only can high humidity levels negatively impact your comfort, but they can damage your walls and ceilings and cause severe structural damage to your home.

What if My Humidity Levels are too Low?

Conversely, if your indoor humidity levels are too low, your comfort can also be impacted. It can dry out your skin and nasal passages, give you a sore, scratchy throat; and cause you to feel cold even when you turn the heat up. Low humidity levels can also negatively impact your home, by warping the wood in your home, peeling your wallpaper, and causing gaps in your molding and hardwood floors.

How to Keep Normal Humidity Comfort Levels

Looking to manage the humidity levels in your Southeastern US home? We recommend investing in variable speed inverter technology heating and air systems with a steam humidifier for winter. Using a whole house solution to add or remove humidity as needed will greatly improve your comfort; while protecting your home and your health. Let us help you find a professional near you.