Admit it. We tend to obsess over what the meteorologist tells us will happen here in Louisville. The forecast controls our schedules, and can even affect our emotions. And what we may not realize is that weather patterns also have an effect everything inside our homes, from furniture to our family’s health.
Of course, we are talking about how humidity can get out of control if you aren’t watching it.
Balancing humidity is similar to balancing a low-carb diet. Too much or too little sugar is bad. But it is possible to find that perfect spot. When a home has excess moisture, the air can become stuffy and feels warmer than actual temperatures. Microbes, mildew, fungi, bacteria, and viruses thrive on this environment. When there’s too little moisture, skin gets dry, throats get sore, and wooden furniture, flooring and walls—and even instruments—can warp.
Humidity levels between 35% and 50% are appropriate for comfort. But if you want an environment that’s free from microbes and that won’t damage wood, the humidity levels will be best between 45% and 50%. You will have an easier time achieving this range with a steam humidifier and a dehumidifier.
Whole-home central humidifiers control humidity within 1% of your desired levels throughout your home, creating a healthier home, lessening dry sinuses, itchy skin and sore throats, and keeping wood from cracking or warping. It can also reduce the occurrences of bacteria, viruses and respiratory infections.
Whole-home central dehumidifiers remove extra moisture, reduce dust mites and mold, and also protect wood from damage. Plus, they are way easier to use and less intrusive than bulky one-room products.
No matter what the forecast is for Louisville, humidity will continually be a factor in your home. Let our technicians help you reach the best indoor air quality possible.
Call Becht / Givens Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Louisville today. We’ll help you manage the humidity in your home with quality equipment choices, knowledge and expert service—for all makes and models, 24 hours a day. Call us now at 502-785-8230.