During the winter months, the frigid temperatures suck the moisture right out of the air. This leads to a number of problems, including dry skin and irritated respiratory passages.
Humidity can affect our homes just as much as it affects our bodies, which is why it is important for homeowners to closely monitor their humidity levels. Ideally, the relative humidity in your home should be between 30-50%, depending on the season and personal preferences.
Keep an eye out for these signs around your home, as they can indicate excessively high or low humidity levels:
Signs of too much humidity
- Condensation on your home’s windows, mirrors, and glass surfaces.
- Wet spots on the walls and ceilings.
- Mold and mildew growth (can be indicated by sight or smell).
- Increased allergy symptoms among family members.
- Uncomfortable, stuffy feeling in the air.
Signs of too little humidity
- Dry skin, eyes, nose, or throat.
- Chapped lips.
- Increased static electricity.
- Warping, cracking or splitting of wood surfaces, such as floors, cabinets, and furniture.
One way for homeowners to maintain consistent moisture levels is through the use of portable humidifiers and dehumidifiers. While these devices are an effective way to control humidity in one room, they are not suitable for whole-home regulation.
If your home suffers from humidity problems, consider investing in a whole-home humidity control system from the Air Treatment Company. These devices hook up directly to your HVAC system and do all the work, allowing you to set it and forget it.
If you live in Fairfax County, Virginia, call the Air Treatment Company to learn more at (703) 270-0881.