How to Manage Humidity Levels in Your Home
Humidity is quite a force to be reckoned with. In excessive amounts, it can make the air feel heavy and damp, worsening warmer temperatures and encouraging mold growth. But without enough moisture, your air can become dry and painful to your skin, eyes, and throat.
If you have ever wondered how to manage humidity levels in your home, you’re in luck! There are lot of devices designed for this purpose. Here are some tips for achieving ideal humidity levels from our team of licensed HVAC professionals at Blue Flame.
Ideal Humidity Levels
In addition to affecting your skin, hair, and overall health, humidity also affects the structure of your home and the furniture inside. Without the correct amount of moisture in the air, both you and your property can deteriorate. The ideal humidity level for indoor spaces is 40-45%. Humidity below 30% will be too dry, and humidity over 50% will create too much moisture.
If you have a smart thermostat, it can read the levels of humidity in your home for you. But if not, there are other indicators that your indoor humidity levels are not quite right. If you suspect the air is too dry, look for cracks in your millwork and paint. Dry air will also produce more static electricity. If there is too much moisture, you will notice fogging and condensation on the insides of your windows and mold growing on walls and ceilings.
If you are experiencing humidity levels below 30% in your home, the best tool to increase moisture in the air is a humidifier. There are many different types to choose from, including whole-house humidifiers that connect to your HVAC system, and smaller humidifiers that focus on one particular room at a time.
The most common one-room appliances are called “evaporative humidifiers.” They use a reservoir that you fill by hand periodically in conjunction with a wick made out of absorbent material. A fan blows on the wick so that water inside will evaporate into the air.
If too much moisture is building up in your home, it is critical to lower humidity levels before mold starts to grow and thrive. Installing exhaust fans in high humidity rooms such as your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, or basement can help alleviate the problem all over your house. On a smaller scale, you can purchase a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will pull the air into its mechanical system and extract the water molecules as the air passes through.
We hope this helps you better manage humidity levels in your home.
Achieving the perfect levels of humidity indoors can be tricky. We hope this information from our team will help you on your way to a more comfortable home!
If you are looking for humidity control solutions for your whole home to work in tandem with you HVAC unit, Blue Flame can help. Call us today for more information about managing humidity.
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