The type of climate you live in decides the level of humidity that you may face. Maintaining the right level of moisture in the air around you is essential. For this, make sure that the heating and cooling equipment in your home is well maintained and suited for your comfort.
Relative humidity is the amount of water vapour present in the air expressed as a percentage of the amount needed for saturation at the same temperature. Change in temperature is directly reflected in the capacity of air to hold water. Warmer temperature tends to keep more water (read moisture/humidity), while colder atmosphere can not retain moisture. Ensuring the right level of humidity in your home can provide that all the HVAC systems in your home are working in ideal conditions.
If you are concerned about managing your home humidity efficiently, it is best to speak an discuss your concerns with experts like American Comfort to assess the ideal kind of humidifiers, air conditioning and heating systems for your home.
Effects of too low or too high humidity
We cannot stress enough about the importance of maintaining the right level of moisture in different seasons. Consider the following effects that high and low humidity poses for your homes.
Low humidity in winters especially in cold and dry weather can cause:
- Static electricity
- Dry and itchy skin and hair
- Increased vulnerability to respiratory problems (cold, cough)
- Damage to wooden furniture-cracks and dents
- Chipping paint
- Possible damage to electronics
Problems with high humidity in summers:
- Mould growth
- Muggy and damp conditions
- Rotten wood furniture
- Sleeping discomfort
- Damp insulation
This brings us to the question of what is the correct humidity for a home and how to determine it?
Experts suggest that maintaining right humidity levels can be tricky as different temperatures and humidity levels work for different people. However, scientific evidence has indicated that maintaining the proper standards can help families and children to feel safe, cozy and comfortable indoors especially in hostile climates. Here are our top five recommendations for balancing the humidity in your homes.
Customize, customize, customize
While scientific research, experts, and data may recommend certain humidity levels as ideal, it is imperative that homeowners realize that their recommendations may not be ideal for you. The amount of chill in Winnipeg is different than that in Vancouver or Toronto for that matter. Moreover, the size, orientation, heating and cooling systems, building material and location of the house will also vary for each owner. It is essential to consider all these factors when adjusting the humidity.
Right equipment and maintenance
Can you imagine the nightmare if your cooling or heating systems give up on you? Remember to only opt for reputed service providers and make sure to sign up for a yearly maintenance schedule to ensure you get the heating, cooling and humidity maintenance right when you need it.
If you are someone living in Winnipeg, chances are you are continuously playing with the heating and air conditioning systems around your home to get the right temperature and humidity. Remember to balance the temperature and humidity as per the season to ensure adequate comfort and health.
Managing warmer months
Air conditioning plays a crucial role in removing moisture during warmer times of the year. Experts recommend setting the humidity below 60% for optimum conditions. Make sure that your equipment and ductwork is well maintained. You may also think about investing in a portable air conditioner to reach out areas that are in direct sunlight during the warmer months.
Managing colder months
Winter poses an opposite problem as homes need to be humidified. Cold air in winter fails to hold moisture. This is why you may want to manage your humidity and set it close to 30-40%. Some simple tricks like investing in a portable humidifier, placing a bowl of water across the room or putting live plants near your heating system may also work.
American Comfort is a guaranteed best quality provider of heating and cooling systems for all your home and office needs. Speak to our expert team today for a thorough guidance and installation. Your comfort is just a call away!