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How to Control Humidity in Your Home From Season to Season
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How to Control Humidity in Your Home From Season to Season

It’s only natural that, alongside the weather patterns, the humidity in the air tends to fluctuate. While you can’t, of course, control said weather, it should be of great importance to you to control the humidity levels inside your home, as we covered in our HVAC contractor blog on the subject. From keeping mold at bay to ensuring the wellbeing of wooden family heirlooms, a house with steady humidity has many practical and comfort-based benefits.

But how can you keep that level steady when you can’t control what nature throws at you? Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. is here to help. Below you’ll find a few ways that you can keep your residential indoor air quality where it needs to be in this respect.

Spring: Learn Your Numbers

Spring is a mild time of year, and therefore a good one for figuring out where your home tends to fall on the humidity spectrum. You can’t manage your home’s humidity without knowing what, roughly speaking, its average measurements look like. Sure, you can assess relative humidity via your comfort levels, but if you have no idea where your home tends to fall as far as numbers go, you can’t make smart decisions regarding its management.

So what’s the ideal relative humidity? That depends on a number of factors, including where you live. While your HVAC services provider will be able to give you specifics, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commision, a level of 30 to 50 percent is generally considered where you want to be.

Summer and Winter: Ensure Your Home Is Sealed Against Leaks

These two seasons are the ones in which humidity spikes and plummets, respectively—and the ones wherein your humidity levels are the most affected by air leaks.

Air leaks are, essentially, any spot where indoor air escapes to the outdoors where it isn’t supposed to. They commonly occur surrounding the seams of windows and doors, though attics are common locations, too. While one or two air leaks won’t have too much of an effect on your home’s humidity levels, too many of them can allow so much outside air in that even the best HVAC equipment won’t be able to fight it.

Check out the United States Department of Energy’s guide on finding and sealing them to make sure your home is up to par.

Fall: Consider a Whole House Humidifier

Going into the dry season, it’s a great time to consider upping your HVAC system’s ante. Some homes are simply designed in such a way that they need one of these for the sake of occupant comfort. Whole house humidifiers are a great solution if your HVAC system just needs a little help managing your home’s air quality. Make sure, though, that you hire a competent HVAC contractor like us to help you through the process; though whole house humidifiers are powerful, they aren’t a one-size-fits-all machine.

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Comfort, heating, and cooling—we cater to all three. For help with your home’s HVAC system, reach our Anoka office today at 763-753-6623.

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