Humidity control is an important aspect of keeping indoor air quality within healthy levels. Indoor humidity is affected by the seasons, but fortunately can be controlled. Heating and cooling expert J&M Air Conditioning & Heating discusses how you can control and maintain proper indoor humidity levels.
Why You Need to Control Indoor Humidity
Ideal indoor humidity varies between households, but it should be somewhere between 35% and 50% relative to 10- to 50-degree outdoor temperatures. Low indoor humidity creates a dry environment that causes dry skin, nasal irritation and chapped lips. It also causes moisture in the eyes to evaporate, leading to dry eyes which can subsequently cause corneal damage. In addition, the moisture in wood and paper evaporates, which can cause damage to furniture, hardwood floors and wallpaper.
The other extreme can also be problematic. Allergens like mold, dust mites and bacteria thrive in places where relative indoor humidity is above 55%. The air becomes sticky and stuffy, and feels warmer than it actually is because the moisture in the air is also warm. Increased moisture in the air can also damage wood and paper.
How to Control Relative Indoor Humidity
To control indoor humidity, you first need a hygrometer, an inexpensive device which measures indoor humidity and should give you an idea on how to control it. Standalone humidifiers and dehumidifiers work, but do require independent operation. This means you’ll still need to keep an eye on indoor humidity levels to know which one to turn on.
Alternatively, you can use whole-home humidifier and dehumidifier systems. Instead of operating a small unit, it integrates into your existing HVAC system and helps humidify or dehumidify the entire house. These humidity control systems include sensors that can be installed in every room. They can also be integrated with smart home systems, which lets you automate the process. This allows you to spend more time doing important things and less worrying about your home’s humidity levels.