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Why Is Balanced Humidity in a Home Important?

When you think about humidity, you might be wondering when it’s good or when it’s bad. Humidity levels within a certain range can be healthy, but outside of that range, humidity can be detrimental. Maybe you have been wondering, why is humidity important in Statesville?

You can keep reading to learn more about healthy humidity levels, and what happens when the air in your home is either too dry or too humid. Then you can give our team a call to schedule indoor air quality services to help balance the humidity levels in your home and keep your family healthy and comfortable. 

What Are Healthy Humidity Levels?

Healthy humidity falls within a range of 30% to 50%. Anything lower than that is too dry, and higher than that may be too humid. The 30% to 50% range is fairly broad, and you may have personal preferences within that range for whether you like your air slightly drier or slightly more humid.

Risks of High or Low Humidity

You face a variety of risks when your air is too dry or too humid. Dry air can negatively impact your sinuses and make it more likely that you get sick or suffer from allergy symptoms. Your skin may be drier, and you won’t sleep as well at night, which can have additional impacts on your overall health.

On the other hand, air that is too humid can make it more likely that mold and mildew will develop around your home. The air can also feel heavy and muggy. You may feel less comfortable if humidity levels are too high. In the winter, instead of feeling warm, you will feel sticky. In the summer, high humidity levels can make it feel even hotter than it really is.

Extremes in humidity also pose additional problems. You may be more likely to have bacteria growth around your house. Unbalanced humidity levels can also have a negative impact on the structure of your house and belongings in your home, making them dry out or retain too much moisture. 

Tips for Balancing Humidity

If you think that humidity levels are too low or too high in your home, you can purchase a hygrometer to measure indoor humidity over a period of time. Then, you can give our team a call to talk about your options for a humidifier or dehumidifier, depending on your needs. Either type of whole-house system will allow you to select humidity settings that the system will automatically help you maintain. 

In addition to helping your home be more comfortable, this can also lighten the load on your heater or air conditioner, especially if humidity levels in your home are too high. Your heater or air conditioner can be more effective at heating and cooling when humidity levels are balanced.

Thank you for choosing Ace Hardware Home Services. Call us today to schedule an appointment for indoor air quality service.

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