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Your Home’s Relative Humidity, Whatever the Temperature

Posted on: January 26, 2012

The humidity levels in your home, in part, will determine comfort. Too much, and your home can feel like a hot, muggy summer day in North Carolina. Too little, and your health can become affected, not to mention impacting the health of wood products in your home. Therefore, it’s important to understand how relative humidity works, and know what you can do to keep your home’s humidity at healthy levels.

Relative humidity, in the simplest of terms, means the amount of moisture that the air can hold at a given time, compared to complete saturation. So, if the relative humidity is 50 percent, the air is capable of holding 50 percent moisture when compared to saturated air at 100 percent.

Being able to control humidity is particularly helpful during the winter season. When air becomes cooler, it also becomes drier, and cool air is less able to hold or retain moisture. That’s why hot summer temperatures generally mean more humid temperatures. So, as the air gets colder, most Charlotte homeowners are looking for a respite from dry air, and for good reason.

Dry air can irritate nasal passages and allergies, because our bodies need moisture for healthy functioning systems. Wood materials in your home also need moisture, but not too much. Again, a balance is ideal here, as dry air can warp and damage wood, while too much moisture can also damage wood, causing it to expand. Continually expanding and contracting over the seasons can wreak havoc on your wood products.

To ward off dry air and the problems it causes, implement the use of a whole-house humidification system. Working in tandem with your heating system as it produces conditioned air, the humidifier will emit moisture into that heated air, which is then distributed throughout your home. Plus, a whole-house humidifier can be programmed to maintain healthy levels of humidity between 35 and 55 percent.

The experts at Acosta Heating, Cooling & Electrical, serving the Greater Charlotte area since 1972, are happy to help you solve your home comfort problems. Just give us a call today!

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