Why Should I Be Concerned about High Humidity Levels Inside My Home?May 27th, 2023
If you are feeling sticky this summer, it’s Georgia humidity at work. Georgia is known for humidity outdoors, but many homeowners may not realize the impact of indoor humidity. Comfort within your home can be directly tied to humidity. Although you need some humidity to avoid having dry air, high humidity levels can cause trouble for your health and home. Ferguson Heating and Air Conditioning Company has been in the business of managing humidity for 75 years, so we have seen firsthand the problems with out of balance humidity.
What is the ideal “comfort level” of humidity inside your home? According to the EPA, a range of 40-60% relative humidity is considered ideal for inside of a home. Studies in Atlanta have confirmed a level of 40-60% is most comfortable for homeowners. Although HVAC systems control moisture in your home, they are not designed to regulate your humidity to this extent. You can choose to utilize a humidifier or dehumidifier to ensure that your levels stay in this range.
How do high humidity levels contribute to health issues? 40-60% is the sweet spot because you can have health issues from high and low humidity. High humidity is the greatest concern during the summer months. When your humidity is too high, your home will feel stuffy and sticky. Even if your AC is running, your home will not feel truly cool. Also, the moisture will put your home at risk of growing mold, which is bad for your health, your home, and your belongings. It’s even possible that your house could become damaged by retaining excessive moisture. On the other end of the scale, low humidity has been traced to a greater risk of catching a cold or infection, dry skin, and damage to your home’s wood, siding, or paint. Keeping your humidity in the midrange will keep your health and home safer throughout the year.
What can be done to combat high indoor humidity? If your home has high humidity, you could choose to invest in a whole house dehumidifier. A whole house dehumidifier works in conjunction with your HVAC system to manage the moisture in your home. Your HVAC system will work more efficiently and effectively as well. You could choose to use a dehumidifier unit or moisture reduction products, but these are more temporary solutions, and they will not effectively reduce the humidity throughout your whole home. If you are interested in learning more about our dehumidifier options, you can explore our products via our website or give us a call.
Find comfort this summer! Schedule your dehumidifier installation by Ferguson Heating and Air Conditioning Company today. Your home will feel cooler when your humidity is under control.