Humidity is the level of moisture, in the form of water vapor, present in the air. It’s one of the most important aspects of ensuring comfort in a home but it is also one of the most overlooked. Homeowners tend to focus more on other factors such as temperature when planning out or choosing heaters or air conditioners.
The amount of humidity in your home has a spectrum of effects, ranging from beneficial to potentially harmful. In this guide, we’ll discuss what extremely high or low humidity can do to the human body, and learn the correct recommended level that will provide your home the most comfort.
Low humidity often occurs in the winter when your home’s system of heaters or air conditioners continuously pump out warm but dry air. Dry air is a result of low levels of humidity. Extended exposure can cause dry and irritated skin and itchiness in the eyes, nose, and throat. Warm, dry air is also the perfect condition for flu viruses to thrive, increasing your chances to contract the disease.
Additionally, dry air draws moisture from almost anywhere it can, which can dry out wooden fixtures in the home, leading to damage and costly repairs.
On the other hand, air conditioners during the summer can often increase the humidity levels inside your home. While the dangers of dry air can be easily visible, the effects of high humidity may be more subtle. High humidity increases your risk of suffering a heat stroke, by lessening the amount of heat your body can dissipate. This is frequently accompanied by dehydration, fatigue, and muscle cramps. In extreme cases, it can also lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The Right Amount With Brody Pennell
Experts on heaters and air conditioners recommend maintaining a level of humidity at around 30% to 50%. You can help maintain healthy levels with whole-home humidifiers. Contact Brody Pennell at (310) 836-0606 about humidifier options for your home. Our services are available in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Since 1945, Brody Pennell Heating & Air Conditioning is the committed to helping homeowners in the greater Los Angeles area experience total home comfort. In 2021, the readers of the Los Angeles Times voted Brody Pennell the Best HVAC Company in the area.
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