Colorado has never been known for high humidity levels. And it might not be something you’ve thought much about. But humidity can have a big impact on how well your home functions.
Having the right level of moisture in your home ensures the comfort levels of your indoor home environment. It also ensures how well your HVAC system operates. In other words, having the right humidity levels helps your home feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
If proper humidity levels are not maintained, your family may become susceptible to respiratory disorders or to chemical reactions. Improper humidity levels can also cause damage to your home, both inside and out.
But what is humidity?
Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air around you. The optimal level of humidity is a personal preference, and is based on things like your physical activity, preferred clothing levels, etc. In general, most HVAC technicians will tell you a 45 to 55 percent humidity level is most comfortable and will help you manage health effects and illnesses.
Humidity changes with the seasons. In summer, warm summer air holds more moisture, so humidity levels rise higher. In winter, cold winter air contains less water, so humidity drops. This is why your skin feels drier and itchy in the dead of winter. It’s also why you begin to see damage in things like wood furniture and wood flooring after a long, cold, dry winter.
Rarely do we have trouble with high humidity here in Denver. But low humidity can cause
- Static electricity
- Dry, itchy skin
- Static hair
- Susceptibility to colds and respiratory illness
- Damage to wood furniture, floors
- Paint can chip
- Electronics can be damaged
In the winter, you have a number of choices to help combat low humidity.
- Use a portable room humidifier to bring in more humidity to certain areas of your home.
- Add live house plants as they will introduce more moisture into your air supply.
- Add a whole house humidifier to ensure every room reaches optimal levels of humidity.
Are you tired of long, dry winters? Are you ready to make your home safer and more comfortable for every member of your family? Maybe it’s time to talk about a whole house humidification system. It might be a perfect solution for you.