Five Benefits to Controlling Your Home’s Humidity
When it comes to home comfort, homeowners tend to focus on how “breathable” their air is and the ambient temperature. While these are both important factors to maintaining pleasant surroundings, of course—we wouldn’t be HVAC contractors if we said otherwise!—a third, just as critical factor often flies under the radar: humidity.
Referring to how heavy the surrounding air is with moisture, humidity can completely shape your household for the better or worse, so it benefits every homeowner to be in control of it at all times. Below, Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. discusses the top five reasons why.
Prolong the Life of Wooden Furniture
No matter if it’s flooring or an antique chair, anything that’s made of wood is greatly affected by humidity, as wood is an organic material that tends to take on water. Too much humidity, therefore, can cause it to swell, making it warp if it doesn’t have enough room to do so. Likewise, not enough humidity can cause dryness and splitting.
Controlling your home’s humidity, via a whole-house humidifier or otherwise, keeps your interior space within ideal conditions for wood, promoting its longevity. You’ll be able to cherish that family heirloom furniture for years to come.
Prevent Mold Problems
We’ve all been there: pulling back the shower curtain or finally finding the courage to check that area we never clean—only to be met with a foul stench and something even fouler-looking! But mold is more than an aesthetic concern. Left alone or sequestered away in a remote crawl space somewhere, colonies can grow to massive sizes, eating away at important home structures and posing a threat to your family’s health.
Mold thrives in dark, warm places, but humidity is also a key player in its growth. Control your home’s humidity and you control mold. It’s that simple.
Mold and dilapidated wood furniture cost money to replace; there’s no way around it. There is, however, a way to save big: with the help of whole house humidifier installers. By managing the air’s moisture content, you manage its destructive qualities, preventing it from ever touching what you’ve worked hard to afford.
Create a Comfortable Home
We all know the discomfort of a muggy summer’s day, but an overload of humidity can make your house a downright icky place to be, even if its temperature is well-managed.
Remember how we said that proper humidity management keeps mold at bay? Well, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, “Inhaling or touching molds can cause hay fever-type symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and skin rashes. Molds can also trigger asthma attacks.” Not only is it unhealthy, it’s downright uncomfortable to deal with that sort of thing—and you shouldn’t have to when you’re in your own home!
Low humidity also causes its fair share of annoyance. According to The Mayo Clinic, high humidity can “cause dry skin, irritate your nasal passages and throat, and make your eyes itchy.”
You deserve to be comfortable in your own home, and a humidifier can help you get there. Managing your household humidity is a surefire way to create a space that’s comfortable to be—and breathe—in.
Keep Your Home’s Residential Indoor Air Quality Stable Season to Season
A comprehensive humidity-control system, as we covered in our air purification system blog, might take a little bit of thought to set up—but once you get there, you’ll be well on your way to keeping the residential indoor air quality stable from season to season. This can be a major relief for those with breathing problems, who need a consistent place to escape from the uncontrolled outside world. It’s also great for those who don’t live with these conditions; who likes stuffy winter air, after all?
Keep in mind there are plenty of things that influence residential indoor air quality, from temperature to cleanliness; managing humidity won’t be a magic-bullet fix to curing all your air problems. It is, however, a critical part of doing so. You can’t have stable and pleasant residential indoor air quality without proper humidity control.
Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.: Whole House Humidifier Installers in Anoka
We’re specialists in heating services, air conditioning services, and anything else it takes to make your home the comfortable safe haven your family needs. Give our Anoka office a call today at 763-753-6623.