No matter where in the country your home is located there are always problems maintaining the humidity levels throughout the house. While your living room may be comfy, the kitchen and bedrooms might be cold and damp.
Not only is the correct humidity desirable for your comfort but incorrect levels can lead to excess moisture which causes mold as well as posing health risks. Experts recommend a humidity level of 35% to 45% which is comfortable as well as offering the best protection for wooden fittings, furniture and other household items which can be damaged by too much moisture or from extreme dryness.
Humidity Too Low
While it may feel pleasant, a humidity level below 30% also causes problems. The dry air can cause paint to flake and chip as well as causing cracks in wooden furniture and fittings. Another downside to an overheated house is that it is a breeding ground for bugs and germs and minor illnesses can easily be spread from person to person in these conditions.
Humidity Too High
Too much humidity, 60% and above, means too much moisture in the air which has its own associated problems. The moist air is trapped in confined areas, builds up and causes mold and mildew to form. Condensation on windows is a common indicator of excess humidity and, apart from being a nuisance, can cause wooden window frames to rot. Damp patches on walls or floors are also ideal breeding grounds for bacteria and can be expensive to treat and remove.
The Right Balance
Air conditioning is fine for just heating or cooling a room but it is not designed to handle humidity issues. As the name suggests, a humidifier is the answer to your problem. The only question is which kind of humidifier is best suited to your needs.
Room Humidifier. Small and portable, much like an electric fire, a room humidifier is perfect if you are only dealing with one or two rooms or live in a small house or apartment. The unit is simply set to the desired humidity level and left for a time to have the desired effect.
Whole-House Humidifier. A Whole-House Humidifier needs to be installed by the professional at Temperature Control Corp but, once in place, is easy to operate and very cost effective. As the humidifier is wired into the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) system, preset controls will ensure the humidifier springs into action should humidity levels deviate from the accepted levels.
The Right Choice
The type of humidifier you choose obviously depends on which one is best for your particular needs. If in any doubt, you should talk to the professionals who will be only too willing to assist you. While the room humidifier might be the cheap and easy option, it is a false economy if it has little or no effect on your home’s humidity levels. Whichever method you opt for it has to be better than constantly opening and closing windows and using up power on electric fires, often unnecessarily.
Call the HVAC and indoor air quality experts at Temperature Control Corp today to learn more. Located near Los Angeles, in Southenr California.