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Home Humidity: What you need to know

Unfortunately, humidity is present in our homes, no matter the proactive measures we take. A typical family adds three gallons of water to their indoor air each day just by breathing and perspiring. On top of that, cooking, doing the laundry, and showering creates more humidity in your home. Humidity can cause a lot of discomfort and worry for homeowners. Continue reading our blog for the most common home humidity concerns and how to fix them.

What is the ideal indoor humidity level?

The ideal humidity level for your health and comfort is between 40%−60%. It’s important to keep an eye on high humidity levels in the winter especially because of the damage that can be caused by freezing moisture. Too much humidity in the cold winter months can cause major harm to the building and pipes.

What are the benefits of having a dehumidifier in my home?

Dehumidifiers are the key to a better quality of life for a few reasons. Not only will you feel cooler and more comfortable, but you will save a few dollars each month by raising the temperature on your home thermostat. Lastly, dehumidifiers prevent the growth of mold, allowing you to breathe in high quality air. Long-term humidity is especially dangerous for those with asthma because mold and mildew growth can cause asthma to flare up.

Can improper humidity levels cause structural damage to my home?

Humidity is known as one of the unseen forces to damage a home. At extremely high levels (62%−93%), condensation forms and can damage drywall, flooring, and even subflooring due to mold growth. It’s important to sweep your home and check for mold growth around your dishwasher, faucets, and HVAC system. These are the places you will find when your humidity levels are too high.

If the indoor humidity is too low, it can create damage to flooring, furniture, trim, and even framing around windows. Wood contains a level of water that needs to always be present. When the humidity is low, the lack of moisture in the air can cause the wood to shrink and cause damage.

How can I prepare to have a comfortable home next summer?

We recommend a qualified technician service your HVAC equipment every 12 months. We understand the summers can be unbearable with a dehumidifier and air conditioner working at 50%, that’s why you encourage pre-planned services with one of our three packages−Platinum, Gold, and Silver. Let us help you choose which package suits your needs best.

Contact Heating & Cooling Two today to learn more about installing a dehumidification system in your home. Our highly experienced technicians can integrate a dehumidifier into your heating and cooling system to keep your home dry and comfortable!