What the Level of Humidity Has to Do with the Health of Your Home
What’s the best level of humidity in your home? Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. When it rains in Gilbert and the air feels “sticky,” you’re feeling high humidity levels. The right level of humidity in your home should be 35-45%. It’s enough to keep you healthy without feeling like the air is too heavy with moisture. While the level will vary depending on the weather, it should remain within a healthy range of 25-55% at all times.
What happens if the level of humidity is too high or too low?
While it doesn’t happen as often in Arizona as it does in other parts of the country, high humidity (more than 55%) causes the growth of dust mites, mold, and mildew, especially near water like in the kitchen and bathroom. Your towels don’t dry when you hang them up after a shower. There may be condensation on windows and the air smells musty when the level of humidity is too high. Many homeowners install a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the air in their homes.
We tend not to have the challenge of high humidity in Arizona
We usually have low humidity (less than 25%) through most of the year in Arizona. The exception being during rainy days or monsoon. The rain water evaporates quickly, leaving the air dry. With low humidity, we’re more prone to getting a cold or sinus infection, have difficulty breathing, experiencing static electricity, a bloody nose, or suffering with dry skin. If you’re using a portable humidifier, also called a vaporizer, you’re probably feeling better than you did without it. You’ve added humidity to reach a healthy level (25-55%).
Protect Your Assets
In addition to keeping you and your family comfortable, protect your assets with a healthy level of humidity in the home. Wood surfaces and flooring, musical instruments, furniture, art, and photographs can all be damaged when humidity is too high or too low.
If your family is suffering from the effects of a low level of humidity in your home, it’s time to consider a whole home humidifier. Just Call John’s at 480-648-2400 to find out how we can help you feel more comfortable in your home.