Humidity is something we typically associate with air quality in the summer months, but it can play a large role in your home comfort during the winter, too. Particularly when it’s cold outside, most of us keep our homes tightly sealed up. While this is effective at keeping out the cold air, it also traps mold, dust, pet dander and other pollutants inside. A humid environment further promotes the growth of these irritants and worsens their effects. Even if you’re not an allergy sufferer, you’ll feel immediate benefits when you take steps to control the humidity in your home.
How Humid Is Too Humid?
Winter air is drier than summer, and many of us feel this everyday — in itchy skin, dry scalp and clingy, static-prone clothes. Introducing some humidity into the home during the winter months can have a positive effect on comfort levels, but at the same time, it’s important to avoid adding too much. Symptoms of an overly-humid home may not be immediately obvious, but with prolonged exposure, sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and worsening asthma are all common.
An easy-to-read humidistat is essential to properly monitoring the humidity in your home. So what humidity level is ideal?
The University of Minnesota recommends the following:
- For outside temperatures between 20º and 40ºF, indoor humidity should not exceed 40%.
- From 10º to 20ºF, humidity should be no more than 35%.
- 0º to 10ºF, 30%
- -10º to 0ºF, 20%
- -20º to -10ºF, 20%
- -20ºF or less, 15%
Humidity Control With Carrier Products
Doing things like running a bathroom exhaust fan while you shower can help reduce the amount of humidity in your home, but for precise control and improved comfort, trust Carrier products. RSC Heating & Air Conditioning, a six time Carrier President’s Award winner, offers a complete lineup of humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, ventilators, air cleaners and more. Carrier products are energy efficient, quiet and highly effective at managing air quality factors such as heat and humidity all year round.
For more information about how Carrier home comfort products can help you maintain optimal humidity levels in your home, contact RSC Heating & Air Conditioning today.