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Can Someone Please Explain the Importance of Humidity?

For some odd reason, the term “humidity” has gotten a bad rap. We most often associate it with sticky skin and a bad hair day. However, finding the right balance of humidity in your home is important for your comfort. In fact, your home is impacted by humidity levels every day, whether or not you are aware of it.

Here at Ace Hardware Home Services, we want to help you achieve maximum comfort in your home, which means helping you find the right balance of relative humidity. Just as a heater and an air conditioner allow you to maintain a comfortable temperature year-round, whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers allow you to maintain a proper balance of relative humidity, boosting comfort and overall satisfaction.

Keep reading to learn more about the importance of humidity in your home. 

What is Relative Humidity?

Relative humidity is a ratio that measures the amount of moisture in the air, with 100% representing the highest level of moisture. Typically, people feel most comfortable at a range between 30% and 50%, with the ideal level being 45%. An improper balance of humidity can have various side effects on you and your home.

How Does Humidity Affect Me?

The reason comfort is affected by humidity is that the level of moisture in the air plays an important role in how the body is able to maintain its temperature. For example, too much humidity can make it hard for the body to cool down, while too little humidity causes heat to escape the body quickly.

Side Effects of Improper Balance

Low Humidity

  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Increased risk of colds, flu, and other infections
  • Wood furnishings can dry out and crack
  • House feels colder

High Humidity

  • Creates conditions for mold and bacteria growth
  • Excess sweat
  • Nasal congestion
  • House feels hotter
  • Wood furnishings can warp

Whole-House Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

The only solution to properly balancing humidity levels in your home is to invest in  whole-house dehumidifier and/or humidifier installation in Hickory, NC. These units can be installed directly into your existing HVAC system and can be integrated with the thermostat. Portable devices are not nearly as effective as whole-house humidity controls, as they do not treat the entire house. Plus, a great deal of time is spent changing their water tanks.

Should you decide to invest in humidity control systems, the next step would be to contact a professional who can assess your home’s needs and help you make the right decision. Plus, professional installation is the only way to ensure that your new system works efficiently and effectively. Our technicians here at Ace Hardware Home Services have been helping homeowners achieve balance in their homes since 1990. We understand just how important whole-home comfort is to you, so we will be sure to get the job done right the first time!

To learn more about how whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers can benefit you, contact Ace Hardware Home Services today!

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