HUMIDITY LEVELS AND WHOLE HOUSE HUMIDIFIERS
♣ It’s important to make sure that the humidity level in your house is appropriate, because it can affect your health and wellbeing.
A little humidity is good for you but too much could be potentially dangerous. The recommended level of humidity in a house is usually somewhere between 35% and 45%. This range is optimal for your family’s health but will also protect wooden musical instruments, drywall, carpets and furniture which could all potentially be damaged by excessive moisture or excess dryness.
♣ ♣ Why is there a range?
The reason for this is that humidity levels will actually vary depending on the climate you live in, the seasons and the air temperature. Other features to consider will depend on the home specifically and factors such as how the house has been constructed and designed, how airtight it is and whether there are vapor retarders installed in the home.
♣ ♣ ♣ Winters can be particularly dry as well as cold so if it is winter, heating an area (such as a basement which can also be poorly insulated) can also return it to an appropriate level of humidification.
However, if there is already sufficient humidity, then adding more moisture will result in an excessive humidity. In this case, you will probably need to both use a heater and a dehumidifier to help the space attain proper levels of humidification. For example, a bathroom after a shower will be particularly humid and usually opening a window or turning on an exhaust fan will help to draw the steam from the shower out of the home. In the springtime, when heating is not really an option, using a dehumidifier in the room is the best option for removing the moisture and dampness from the various rooms in the house.
♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ Conversely, there will be cases when you will need to add humidity to your home.
For example, during a cold winter, running a heating system alone can make the air too dry in the house which can lead to discomfort for the people in your home and your wooden items (such as violins, furniture and wall fixtures) can split or crack. However, you can improve the air quality by adding a humidifier to those areas where you spend the most time, or for maximum comfort you can install a whole house humidifier to your heating system, to deal with your whole home.
In the summer when you do not require heating, you may also experience too much moisture in the air depending on the climate where you live.
This can also be problematic as excess moisture can cause mildew which in turn can damage your house. To control this moisture, you will also need a dehumidifier to reduce excess humidity.