For most people a comfortable humidity level at home is 40%. In the winter your home’s humidity level can drop by as much as 10%. This low humidity results in static electricity in the air, dry skin, scratchy throats and noses and increased susceptibility to colds and viruses.
Family’s Discomfort as the Winter Approaches Tied to the Home’s Humidity Levels
A homeowner in Merrimack recently contacted us. As the temperatures outside were falling he was noticing that his family’s discomfort level indoors was increasing. Not only did the air feel cooler, despite a consistent temperature, but he also noticed that family members seemed to be catching more viruses. The culprit was actually the home’s humidity level. This Merrimack home’s humidity was at 25%, well below the recommended 40% for optimal comfort.
Your HVAC System Can Help to Regulate Humidity Levels in the Home
The homeowner was ready to run out and purchase a humidifier for every room of the home to increase these humidity levels. However, his healing and cooling system already had the solution, but it was not being utilized. Many of today’s HVAC systems don’t just heat and cool the home, but they can also regulate humidity levels.
Setting the humidity at the appropriate level year-round on the heating and cooling unit will ensure that the home stays comfortable. In the summer this means controlling condensation and mold growth, and reducing allergic reactions. In the winter a controlled humidity level can keep family members from suffering as a result of dry skin, an itchy and scratchy throat and nose, and can actually give a more comfortable living environment.
The family in Merrimack learned how to utilize their HVAC system to control the home’s humidity levels and are now set at a very comfortable 40% humidity all winter long.
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