The humidity level of the air in your home or business can affect the comfort of your family, guests, and coworkers as well as the proper functioning of the heating and air conditioning units. When humidity levels are not maintained, your home or business environment will not only feel uncomfortable, but you, and everyone around you, may become susceptible to respiratory disorders. Improper humidity levels can also lead to damage inside and outside of your home or business.

Low humidity levels can lead to static electricity and damage to furnishings such as electronics, split and cracked wood furniture, and brittleness, discoloration, and flaking of paintings, photos, and special collections. Low humidity can also cause dry, itchy skin and lead to a susceptibility for colds and respiratory illnesses due to thriving viruses and germs. High humidity can also cause damage to your home or business by creating peeling wallpaper and blistering paint, wet insulation, mold growth, and visible condensation and water stains. High humidity levels also cause musty odors and can lead to allergic reactions to mold and dust mites.

By using a hygrometer to measure your home or business’ temperature and relative humidity (RH), you will be able to maintain the proper humidity level at all times. Just as seasonal humidity can affect indoor home comfort, standard home functions, such as showering or cooking, can impact your home’s humidity levels. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) suggests a range of 45% – 55% relative humidity but, in the winter months, it may have to be lower than 40% to avoid condensation on the windows. By maintaining proper humidity in your home or business, you will prevent dust mite infestations, mold and mildew growth, and inhibit bacteria. You will also clear your sinuses, alleviate sore throats, improve your sleep, reduce infection risks, have softer skin, and find relief from snoring.

If you are concerned about managing humidity levels in your home or business, consult with the trusted, professional heating and cooling experts at Atlanta Air Care to ensure that your systems are keeping your home and work environments healthy and comfortable. We will ensure that your HVAC systems are working efficiently for you and that your indoor space consists of the highest quality air, resulting in optimum health and comfort for everyone. We also provide 24/7 emergency services for mold removal, humidity control, and more. When it comes the air in your home or business, trust Atlanta Air Care!