If you’ve ever felt too hot and sticky during the summer, or your skin feels too brittle and dry during the winter, chances are you’re feeling the effects of shifts in humidity as the season changes. For optimal comfort, humidity levels should never fall outside the 30% – 60% range, and the actual recommended humidity level for ideal health and wellness is anywhere between 45% and 55% – yet in Michigan humidity levels typically stay between 70% and 85%. That’s why, in the summer when moisture in the air increases, and the winter when moisture levels decrease, you have to make sure your home is ready to compensate for these changes.
Risks Associated With High/Low Humidity
If humidity levels inside your home are not maintained, you and your family can easily become more susceptible to various colds or infections, dry/itchy skin, excessive static, discomfort while sleeping, and more – not to mention your home’s muggy conditions will become a perfect breeding ground for mold and can actually damage hardwood furniture and fixtures, as well as electronics.
How To Manage Humidity Levels
- In The Summer: Try to avoid the use of humidifiers and other devices that will increase humidity in your home. You can also use exhaust fans or your air conditioning system to help remove moisture from the air and keep things cool.
- In The Winter: If things become too dry, use either personal or larger “whole house” humidifiers to balance out your home’s interior moisture levels. You can also try and add more live houseplants or keep water basins near your heating system to release a little extra moisture into the air.
Health Benefits Of Maintaining Optimal Humidity Levels Inside You Home
Air quality has a lot to do with your health. If it’s too hot or too cold inside, or if your internal humidity levels aren’t just right, it can keep you from thriving in your very own home. However, by making sure your take special care to optimize your home’s interior temperature and air quality, you and your loved ones may experience:
- Improved Breathing;
- Lessened Risk of Infections;
- Relief From Snoring;
- Improved Sleep Quality;
- Softer, Healthier Skin.
And those are just a few of the many benefits!
To learn more about perfecting the air quality of your home, or to make sure your property is well prepared for all seasonal humidity changes, we encourage you to get in touch with our exceptional heating and cooling staff at AFM Heating & Cooling today. Call AFM Heating & Cooling at 734.464.6700 for a free consultation, or simply fill out the form in the sidebar, today.