Did you know that more can affect your comfort levels than just temperature? Humidity can also affect how warm or cold you feel. Therefore, when it comes to trying to create the optimal environment for your friends and family to live their lives, it is important to pay attention to the humidity levels in your home.

If you want to learn more, read this humidity guide from Modern Air Solutions in Bensalem, PA, then contact one of our knowledgeable technicians with any additions questions you may have. You can also contact Modern Air Solutions for a consultation. If you choose to do so, one of our technicians will visit your home, analyze it, and provide the best solutions to create an atmosphere that best suits the needs and preferences of your home and family.

The Effects of High Humidity

If your the relative humidity is above 50%, it is considered high humidity. In this case, you may notice that the air in your Bensalem home feels damp and clammy. It may also smell musty or dingy. You might notice some fog on your windows as well.

Items in Your Home

When the humidity is too high, it can damage the furniture in your home. A variety of materials are sensitive to moisture levels in the air. For instance, wood will absorb the moisture and begin to expand and swell. If the humidity gets extremely high, it may even buckle. This can damage your floors, chairs, wooden dressers and more.

A humid atmosphere also creates the best conditions for mold to form. Mold can be difficult and costly to get rid of.

You and Your Family

Humidity can also affect you. You will likely feel sweaty and gross when the humidity is high. This is because when there is a lot of moisture in the air, your sweat won’t evaporate and cool you off. It will just stay on your skin and make you feel gross.

The Effects of Low Humidity

When the humidity levels reach below 30%, it is considered low humidity.

Items in Your Home

Just like high humidity will ruin furniture and other items in your home, low humidity will as well. If you have old books, artwork, or other paper products it can leave the pages or canvas brittle as well as cause paint to crack. Low humidity causes static electricity as well, which can destroy various electronics in your home.

You and Your Family

Dry air can steal the moisture from your skin, leaving you with rough or cracked skin. It can also dry out your sinuses, which leaves you more vulnerable to catching colds or the flu. This is why it is more common for people to get sick in the winter time when the air is dry.

How Humidity Affects HVAC Performance

Not only does your air conditioner, cool the air, but it is also responsible for removing the humidity in your home. This means that when the humidity is high, your system has to work harder to cool the room. Therefore, your system will run longer which will cause faster wear and tear.

Having the right size HVAC system for your home is also very important in this matter.

If your HVAC system is too small, it may not be able to handle the job and will have to run too long and often. On the other hand, if your system is too large, it may shut off too soon and not decrease the humidity either.

Humidity Solutions

Modern Air Solutions has a variety of whole house humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and more to help improve the comfort of your home. One of our technicians can help you choose the right system for your home so your family can be comfortable and happy. You can schedule an appointment through the contact page on our website or by calling (215) 490-3433