When you live in Houston, you expect to live with humidity. There’s not much you can do about the outdoor air, but too much – or too little – indoor humidity can lead to health concerns, wood damage or mold and mildew formation. According to experts, the ideal indoor humidity level is between 30% and 50%. Fortunately, Air Specialist can help you achieve those ideal humidity levels within your home.
Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air. Normally your body cools down through perspiration. But too much humidity prevents perspiration from evaporating off your body, making you uncomfortable. Extra humidity allows moisture to condense on windows and toilet tanks, creating an ideal breeding ground for mold and bacteria. It can damage wood fixtures and furniture and attract insects. Even your bath towels may never feel dry when you’re in a home with uncontrolled humidity levels.
There is such a thing as too little humidity
Dry air may seem like a welcome relief to Houston’s humidity, but too much dry air can also be damaging. Dry air leaves your skin feeling itchy and your sinuses feeling irritated. You may be coughing or wheezing more frequently. Your home is not a fan of dry air, either. Dry wood tends to shrink or crack. You may notice your wood floors are creaking or even separating.
Warning signals that your home’s humidity level is too high or too low
Ideal humidity levels are key to a comfortable home. Keep an eye out for these warning signs that suggest your humidity may be too high or too low:
- Condensation on the windows or other surfaces
- Feeling sweaty inside
- A musty smell
- Chipped or cracked paint
- Trouble sleeping at night
Enjoy a comfortable home
Don’t panic if Mother Nature’s humidity levels are too high or too low for your comfort. You may be able to combat the problem with fresh air or fans. If that’s not enough, Air Specialist can bring your home to an ideal humidity level with a variety of state-of-the-art whole-house humidification and dehumidification systems. Portable units may be an option for small spaces, but the whole-house option ensures a comfortable home for all your family members.
If you’re concerned about your home’s humidity levels, contact Air Specialist of Houston here or call us at (713) 481-1305 to learn about controlling your indoor humidity and keeping your home and family happy and comfortable.