Why Does Humidity In the Home Matter?

Weather in the Ozarks can wreck havoc on humidity levels. And nothing affects your home’s comfort like humidity. Wood can crack and warp, furniture and draperies can develop mold and mildew, and more importantly, improperly humidified air can affect your body.

Low humidity levels could cause you or your loved ones to experience dry, sore throats and skin, bacterial infections or respiratory ailments, joint and muscle pain, or sore eyes. Your home may feel cooler than the thermostat says, and you may see visible damage in woodwork throughout the home.

High humidity levels can cause your home to feel warmer and damp. Mold, mildew and dust mites could aggravate asthma or allergies. And household materials may begin releasing formaldehyde or other chemicals.

Maintaining the proper level of humidity is possible with the right tools. In the winter, adding a portable room humidifier, live houseplants, and a container of water near your heating unit can offer temporary relief, but these options are often clunky and the solution isn’t balanced throughout the home.

Opening windows, increasing circulation with fans and exhaust, leaving doors and windows open or purchasing a dehumidifier can offer summer solutions for higher humidity levels.

However, a more long-term solution involves installing a humidification or dehumidifying system to balance humidity within the home. These systems can be installed more affordably than you might think. The installation can be fitted to your current system with minimal labor, and connects directly to your existing duct work.

When installed as part of a complete comfort system, humidity levels can be automatically controlled throughout the home. You can enjoy more comfort in every room, and potentially minimize the impact of common airborne pollutants without a thought.

Unsure what the humidity in your home is? Use a hygrometer to measure relative humidity (RH). Ideal levels should be between 30 and 60% RH. A level higher could manifest in window condensation, and evidence of cracked or warped hardwood could indicate a level lower. Still not sure? Give Simpson Sheet Metal a call. One of our home comfort specialists can discuss with you the best option for your home.