No matter where you live in Minnesota, there is a chance you will experience some level of humidity. Humidity has a greater impact on our homes than we may think. It is important for us to achieve the right balance of humidity in our homes to benefit both our health and living space in addition to our HVAC system. Regulating your humidity will keep your home in the best condition despite the season.
Impact of high humidity levels
Humidity strikes in more seasons than the summer. Because of this, having high humidity in your home anytime of the year has serious consequences. For instance, a raised humidity causes condensation, which essentially makes your house sweat. This impacts your windows, ceilings, and walls. Over time, your home will begin to attract rodents as well as mold due to the humidity levels. If your home consistently has a mildew-like scent, the leading cause of that smell are high humidity levels.
Aside from the smell, there is cause for concern. Mold and mildew contribute to a higher probability of allergies and asthma. In warmer months, higher humidity levels raise the probability of stroke in people with heart related issues.
Impact of low humidity levels
Contrary to high humidity causing both home and health problems, low humidity comes with causes for concern. A major problem with low humidity can create in your home is your wood fixtures will begin to shrink and warp. If you have wooden floors, they will begin to separate. Your wallpaper will also begin to separate from the wall and grow mold.
Low humidity can also cause serious health conditions. One health issue is a better environment for viruses and bacteria to live in. You will also notice an increase in cold and flu symptoms, body dryness, especially in the throat and lips, and a compromised respiratory system.
Balancing humidity levels
Luckily, there are steps to take toward maintaining a stable humidity in your home. One way is to have an HVAC professional install a humidifier and dehumidifier. This will allow you to keep your home at the perfect humidity (35-50%). This also helps with your home’s air circulation throughout the year, which is great for your personal health. The probability of microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, and viruses growing are also minimized with regulated humidity levels. Your HVAC partnered with the full-home humidifier and dehumidifier will greatly improve your air quality and help maintain healthy body temperatures.
If you or someone you know are suffering with regulating your humidity levels, be sure to contact our HVAC professionals to schedule an appointment or any other questions and concerns.