Humidity at Home: Homeowner Questions Answered

Humidity’s Relationship to the Home

Many homeowners don’t know that humidity plays a major role in their air quality and comfort. Generally, people hear “humidity” and think of sweltering weather and bad hair days. But the truth is, without humidity, a home would be a dry, uncomfortable place to live. However, too much moisture can pose just as much of a problem. So keep reading to explore the critical role humidity plays in the home and achieve the perfect humidity balance for optimal home comfort.

Does Humidity Matter In the Home?

As previously mentioned, humidity significantly impacts the comfort of a home. But, the humidity levels in a house do far more than impact comfort!

Too Much Humidity

Generally, “too much” humidity occurs when a home has more than 50% humidity in the air. Too much humidity can increase the presence of allergens, mold, mildew, and even dust bunnies in the home. High humidity levels also contribute to poor sleep, difficulty breathing, and even heat exhaustion in occupants. Not just people suffer in high humidity, either: wallpaper, furniture, floors, and carpet can deteriorate when exposed to high humidity levels.

Too Little Humidity

Generally, “too little” humidity means a house has less than 30% humidity in the air. Homes with too little humidity experience their share of problems, too. Dry noses, inflamed skin and sinuses, asthma flare-ups, and itchy eyes or throats point to low humidity levels in a home. Homes with dryer air can also harbor viruses and bacteria, resulting in more illnesses in the home. Additionally, the house itself suffers from too little humidity. Cracking floors and creaking wooden furniture can also indicate low humidity troubles.

The Role of Humidifiershumidifiers

When a home suffers from too little humidity, a humidifier can help solve the problem. Humidifiers produce and introduce additional moisture into the air of a home. They come in whole-house versions that connect to the HVAC system or in portable room-based units. Using a humidifier can improve the balance of moisture in the air, reduce allergens, illness, and even enhance sleep quality in a home’s occupants.

Things To Keep In Mind

Humidifiers need regular maintenance to work correctly and keep them sanitary—mold and mildew like to hide out in ill-kept humidifiers. Additionally, the mechanical parts of a whole-house humidifier need annual TLC to keep them in working order and prevent surprise breakdowns.

The Role of Dehumidifiersdehumidifiers

When a home struggles with too much humidity, a dehumidifier can help. Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air. They generally work best as a whole-house system when the dehumidifier connects to the HVAC system. However, if specific rooms struggle with humidity, like the bathroom or laundry room, a portable dehumidifier can help reduce localized n the home. 

For homeowners who struggle with humidity levels, reach out to a qualified HVAC company for help. They can test the home’s air quality and help find the right technology to improve conditions.

About PAC Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning

At PAC Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, personalized care comes first! Every client receives care tailored to their needs, budget, and plans. They understand the importance of air quality and work diligently to provide humidifier and dehumidifier services throughout Staten Island, NY! Call today for humidity services.