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What You Need to Know About the Humidity in Your Home

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Does the air quality in your home not feel very comfortable? It could be due to the humidity levels. Humidity is essentially the water that is in the air, and it can make a big difference in how your home feels. Your HVAC system plays a big part in regulating humidity, and this guide discusses the ways you can use it and the role of humidity in your home.

What Is Comfortable Humidity?

No matter what season it is, most people are comfortable when the amount of humidity in the air is about 45 percent. This applies all year-round in both winter and summer weather, which is when the air can be very dry or moist.
Thankfully, there are ways that you can manage the air in your home with your HVAC system to make your home feel comfortable all the time.

Why Is High Humidity Bad?

Homes with high humidity will have issues with condensation. If you have ever noticed condensation forming on the interior side of your windows or that the walls or ceilings of your home seem to be a bit wet, this excess moisture is because there's too much humidity in the home.
The air will feel like it is sticky, which is what makes it uncomfortable for many people. Some people even have problems sleeping in high humidity.
In addition, the structure of your home can become damaged due to high humidity. Wood structures can become wet and start to rot, especially in difficult to see places like a crawlspace.
The health problems can happen due to high humidity are mainly due to increased fungi and mites. It's important to note that both high and low humidity can result in a multitude of health issues, such as a higher chance of having allergic rhinitis, getting a virus and increased bacteria.

Why Is Low Humidity Bad?

A home with low humidity will cause everything to become much drier. You will suffer from dry skin, itching, sore throat and be more at risk for a respiratory infection.
Any items in your home that are made of wood will suffer as well. You'll notice that wood tends to shrink in low humidity as the moisture is drawn out of it, which causes gaps to form in your hardwood floor and wallpaper to start peeling off the wall.

How Are Humidity Issues Fixed?

Humidity issues can be fixed using your HVAC system, but there are other things you can do to help as well.
Fixing Low Humidity
Consider having a whole-home humidifier installed directly onto your HVAC system. It will slowly introduce water into the air to bring humidity back to comfortable levels once again. You can use a modern thermostat to track humidity levels to make sure the level falls around 45 percent.
In addition, plants are a great way to introduce more humidity to your home. Peace lily, reed palm and English ivy are all wonderful options if you want to make your home feel more comfortable.
Fixing High Humidity
You can have a dehumidifier installed on your HVAC system that will remove humidity from the air as it cycles through your home through the return vents. Water is removed from the air and empties through a condensation line that drains to a nearby sink or floor drain.
If your air conditioner is too large, that can also cause problems with high humidity, as the air might be forced through the vents too quickly and the system won't have time to remove humidity properly.
Also, you'll also want to make sure that you have working vents in your bathrooms to remove humidity caused by showering.
The professionals at B & K Services can help with any solutions that involve making changes to your HVAC system to improve humidity.