Many homeowners in and around Nashua, NH rarely give any thought to the humidity levels in their home. However, controlling these levels will ultimately give you more control over the heating and cooling processes in your home. Your home’s ideal humidity level will vary based on the season and the temperature outdoors. A good rule of thumb is to strive for humidity levels between 30 to 50 percent.
You can check your humidity levels with a hygrometer. Similar to a thermometer, this is a relatively inexpensive tool that can easily give you an accurate reading of the humidity levels throughout your home. Key areas to check include bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room and if you have a finished basement.
Humidity levels in your home that are too high can quickly become a breeding ground for mold, mildew and other bacteria. The increased moisture can also affect your paint and wallpaper, causing it to peel. This problem is commonly seen in modern, energy-efficient homes, which are sealed up to prevent any lost energy.
If your humidity level is too low, this can cause damage to wooden belongings, floorboards, and framework, causing the wood to dry out and crack. This will also have an effect on you and your family’s overall health. Low humidity levels can cause your nose and throat to be dry, as well as your skin. This problem is most common in older homes.
You can adjust your home’s humidity levels accordingly with a humidifier and / or dehumidifier. These units will add moisture to the air, and conversely take it away, to achieve that optimal humidity level. Gone are the days of needing a noisy humidifier or dehumidifier in every room. Today’s whole house units are quiet and can monitor and operate based on the current humidity levels in your home.
Maintaining an optimal humidity level in your home will have you and your family feeling better and give you a more comfortable living space.
Our technicians can help you understand all the strategies for maintaining healthy air. Contact us today for your heating and air conditioning needs 603-882-4244