Too Humid or Too Dry? 5 Tips for Cutting out the Discomfort
For optimal health, it is important that proper levels of humidity are maintained inside the home. Too little humidity isn’t often a problem in Atlanta in the summertime, but inside our homes an ideal level of humidity can be hard to maintain. Here are a few tips to keep your house healthy.
- First off, determine your comfort level. Using a hygrometer to measure the ambient humidity in your home can give you an idea of the existing levels of moisture, and you can determine if you need to raise or lower the humidity accordingly. About a 45% level of humidity in the home is considered comfortable, but can vary by region.
- For humidity that’s too high, your house can become uncomfortably clammy and stuffy, and the risk of mold and bacterial growth increases dramatically. Basements and crawlspaces with dirt floors hold high levels of moisture. Covering the floors with thick plastic and sealing joints and cracks with caulk will help keep moisture out.
- Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms remove water vapor from these moisture-rich areas. Portable dehumidifiers offer a short-term solution for single rooms.
- Air that is too dry due to low humidity causes itchy, dry skin, irritated respiratory systems, increased static electricity, and aggravated wintertime allergies. Mucus membranes are affected, increasing susceptibility to infection. Portable humidifiers release vapor into the air, increasing ambient humidity in single rooms.
- Keeping plants within your home can passively adjust your humidity levels. Succulents such as cacti will remove moisture from the air, and larger, leafy plants often add moisture.
When the levels of humidity in your home diverge greatly from your comfort zone, you may wish to consider a more permanent solution. Air conditioner replacement can be necessary in an older home and will improve the level of humidity once installed alongside a humidity regulating solution. At Estes Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help you with either a whole-house dehumidifier or a whole house humidifier, which can be integrated with your residential A/C to regulate the levels of moisture inside your home. Visit our website for more information for a healthy level of humidity in your home.