Understanding and Controlling Humidity in Your Home

Humidity is a term that refers to the amount of water vapor present in the air. While Atlanta’s climate is high in relative humidity, the HVAC appliances you use to heat and cool your home tend to remove this humidity from your indoor air. Even if you prefer relatively low humidity indoors, humidity levels that are too low can cause health problems and affect the quality of the furnishings and finishes in your home. Installing a whole-home humidifier is a simple solution to perfectly balance the humidity in your home all year long for the greatest comfort and HVAC performance, regardless of the temperature and moisture levels outside.

How Humidity Affects Your Home

Research has found that the ideal indoor humidity level should fall between 40—60%. While the actual value can vary based on your personal preferences and the temperature outdoors, this range is a good starting point to maintain comfort in your home all year long, particularly in the mild Atlanta climate. When the humidity is too high, moisture can easily accumulate on the surfaces of your home as it condenses out of the air, causing mild to moderate water damage that could also invite mold growth during the warm summer season. High humidity also increases the amount of heat the air can hold, which makes the interior of your home feel warmer and less comfortable during the summer. Conversely, extremely low humidity levels can cause symptoms such as dry skin and dry eyes, as well as lead to throat or nose irritation and general discomfort. If the humidity levels in your home are extremely low, wood and paper may dry out and become brittle and prone to breaking.

How a Whole-Home Humidifier Helps

Every time you run your HVAC system, you are changing your home’s humidity levels. Air conditioners, furnaces, and even heat pumps naturally remove humidity from your home’s air. While this process is ideal during the summer, excessive use can still lead to very low humidity and its associated problems during this season; furthermore, home heating can exacerbate naturally dry conditions during the winter, also leading to very low humidity levels as you warm your home for comfort. Whole-home humidifiers offer the ideal solution to this problem by regulating the humidity levels in your home all year long, regardless of whether the weather calls for heating or cooling. A whole-home humidifier adds the right amount of moisture to your air when necessary, preventing the negative effects of overly dry air. Adding a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system can even improve its efficiency in the winter, as increasing the humidity just slightly can help the air in your home feel warmer so you aren’t tempted to crank up the thermostat for added comfort, helping you to save energy all winter long. You can control your humidifier via your thermostat to ensure you always enjoy exactly the right level of humidity inside your home for the ideal living environment.

Would you like to learn more about controlling humidity in your home form maximum comfort, health, and HVAC efficiency? We are pleased to offer whole-home humidifiers in Atlanta as part of our comprehensive indoor air quality services; our HVAC technicians can help you choose, install, and maintain exactly the right air quality solutions for your home, including humidifiers, air purifiers, and air cleaners. You can check out our website for more information about the products and services we offer, or take some time to explore our full library of blog articles for more great home comfort and efficiency tips.

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