Admit it. We tend to obsess over what the meteorologist tells us will happen here in Albany. The weather predictions controls our schedules, and can even affect our emotions. And what we may not realize is that weather patterns can also impact everything inside our homes, from furniture to your health.
Of course, we’re referring to humidity left uncontrolled.
Balancing humidity is like balancing a low-carb diet. Too much or too little could be harmful. However, there is a sweet spot in the middle. With too much moisture in the house, the air can get stuffy and feels warmer than actual temperatures. Microbes, mildew, fungi, bacteria, and viruses flourish in this environment. When there’s a low amount of 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 ideal for comfort. But if you want an environment that’s free from microbes and that won’t damage wood, the humidity levels will need to be kept between 45% and 50%. A steam humidifier and a dehumidifier are the answer.
Whole-home central humidifiers maintain humidity within 1% of your preferred levels throughout your home, creating a healthier house, lessening dry sinuses, itchy skin and sore throats, and keeping wood from cracking or warping. It could also reduce the occurrences of bacteria, viruses and respiratory infections.
Whole-home central dehumidifiers eliminate extra moisture, reduce dust mites and mold, and also protect wood from damage. Plus, they are much easier to use and less intrusive than bulky one-room products.
Regardless of the forecast for Albany, humidity will repeatedly be a factor in your home. Let our experts help you achieve the best indoor air quality possible.
Call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Albany 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. Just call 518-417-2938.