A Holliston home with a balanced humidity level provides many benefits for your family, your home and your health. Too much or too little humidity negatively affects every aspect of your daily life. Knowing how to achieve a balanced humidity level is the first step in ensuring your home comfort throughout the year.
Effects of High Humidity
High humidity levels cause air to feel stuffy, creating the illusion that your home is warmer than it is. This can then lead you to turn the cooling system up, which results in more energy consumption. High humidity also creates the perfect environment for allergy-inducing nuisances such as dust mites, mold and mildew. Excessive moisture cause surfaces such as walls and floors to sweat and leaves wet stains on ceilings and walls. It also leads to warping of wood floors and furniture, as well as peeling wallpaper and paint.
Effects of Low Humidity
When the humidity levels are too low in your home, you’ll see an increase in static electricity, which poses a risk to expensive electronic equipment and creates an unpleasant home environment. Furthermore, low humidity levels cause dry air, which pulls the moisture from your body and leaves your eyes, throat and skin dry and itchy. It can also aggravate respiratory problems and make your home feel colder than it actually is.
Achieving a Balanced Humidity Level
For complete protection against low humidity levels, consider purchasing a whole-house humidifier that attaches to your HVAC system. To lower humidity levels, open windows and run ventilating fans. This will help get air circulating through your home. Another option is to use a dehumidifier to pull the moisture from the air.
For more information about balanced humidity, contact the experts at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts for 80 years.
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