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How to Maintain Ideal Indoor Humidity

Living in the beautiful state of Minnesota comes with many benefits. We have the pleasure of spending warm, summer days on our choice of 10,000 lakes, experiencing breathtaking fall foliage, and enjoying snow-covered winters with hot cocoa in hand. However, this climate does present a bit of a conundrum when it comes to your home and its ideal indoor humidity.

How it Works

During summer months, the air in your home can become too humid. During cooler months, often times the air in your home becomes too dry. This is because warm air can hold moisture, but the cold air that seeps into your home during winter cannot hold much water vapor. Plus, heating that dry air only makes matters worse. Therefore, there is a good chance you are currently experiencing some side effects of unideal humidity levels at home.

Why It’s Important Maintaining appropriate levels of moisture in your home isn’t only necessary for personal comfort, although that is important, too. Here are a few reasons why you should be concerned about your home’s humidity levels:

Signs of High Humidity

• Condensation forms on windows in winter, which can cause costly damages
• Mold and mildew forms, potentially harming your health
• Wallpaper or paint starts to peel
• Unappealing moisture stains form on the ceiling

Signs of Low Humidity

• Your skin, nose and throat become dry and itchy
• You are more susceptible to illness
• Wood furniture, drywall and paint crack
• Wood floors shrink

The Solution  

Knowing your home’s humidity levels is essential to improving indoor air quality. To measure humidity levels, every homeowner should install a hygrometer, an inexpensive gage that measures humidity levels for you. Then, you can take steps to ensure your home is safe and comfortable, whether you need to install a humidifier to increase humidity levels, or maybe you need to determine where cold air is leaking into your home, causing a decrease in humidity levels. Keep in mind, during the winter, you should try to maintain humidity levels around 35%, and 45% in the summer.

Maintaining proper levels of humidity will reward you with greater comfort, lower heating and cooling bills, and possibly better health. For professional assistance managing your home’s humidity or for help with your HVAC system, contact Heating & Cooling Two Inc. at 763-428-3677. You can even fill out an online request form to schedule a maintenance visit, today!