Why You Should Keep an Eye on Humidity Levels in Your Greensboro Home
As you are likely well aware, summers in the Macon area can get quite humid. But humidity can be an issue in the winter as well. There are numerous reasons why you should pay attention to the amount of moisture in your home. When humidity levels are thrown out of balance, your health, comfort and different features of your living space can be negatively affected. On the other hand, there are many benefits that come with keeping humidity levels in check, such as lowered energy costs and improved indoor air quality. Although it’s a fine balance between having too much and too little humidity, it’s a balance that’s relatively easy to achieve. Learn more about how home humidity can impact you, and find out what you should do to take control today.
Home Humidity 101
There are several ways humidity can adversely impact you and your home when levels are too high or too low. One of the first things you may notice is that your home feels less comfortable to be in. Your HVAC system then has to work extra hard in an effort to maintain a pleasant environment, putting unnecessary strain on your equipment that can lead to operational issues and early system failure. Your energy use will also increase because of your system being forced to work harder, and due to the direct impact humidity has on your heating and cooling needs.
Humidity issues are caused by different factors, depending on the season. To understand how to control humidity, it’s important to understand how humidity can stray away from recommended levels during the summer and winter.
Those warm and humid Georgia summers can easily become a problem in your home. When it’s muggy outside, there’s a chance that the amount of moisture in your indoor air can increase as well. Your home may be especially vulnerable when you decide to switch on your air conditioner. Although your air conditioner can be used to help control humidity in general, it’s also possible for your home to be cooled down to the point where moisture condenses in various areas. Dehumidifiers can be useful during such occasions. By staying on top of excess indoor moisture, you can avoid damage to wood features in your home and prevent mold and rust from developing.
During cold and rainy periods during our Southeast winters, humidity also can be an issue in your home. The extra moisture can cause the structure of your home, and various wooden fixtures inside it, to rot, just like they can when humidity levels are excessive in the summer. Condensation may also develop on your windows and walls, and you may also notice mold developing in your house.
Your air may also be stripped of moisture during colder days. Such an environment can make it feel like you have many of the annoying symptoms of a cold, or may make actual cold symptoms feel worse – itchy throat, eyes and nasal passages are some of them. What’s more, the dry air can cause your paint to peel and your furniture to crack.
Tips for Keeping Home Humidity Levels in Check
Following are some of the most effective ways to control humidity levels in your home:
- Install a hygrometer. This is a handy tool that will constantly monitor and display the amount of moisture inside your home.
- Ensure the amount of humidity in your home stays between 30 and 45 percent during the summer.
- Maintain humidity levels that are between 45 and 55 percent during the winter.
- Use exhaust fans while cooking and when you’re taking a shower (keep the fan on for about 20 minutes after you get out of the shower).
- Keep a well-ventilated home throughout the summer by opening up your windows when it’s milder outside or at night. When outdoor conditions don’t permit opening windows, turn on your air conditioner or use a dehumidifier.
- Use fans in the summer to promote adequate air flow, which can help decrease moisture levels.
- Seal any air leaks to decrease drafts in your home in the winter.
For more tips on controlling home humidity levels, please contact us at Wilson Bryant Air Conditioning.