Humidity levels inside the home need to be regulated to ensure they provide comfort. Having too little or too much humidity is not good. Ideally, you should try to main humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent inside your home.
Depending on the time of year, there are effective ways to do this, as follows:
- In the winter, use a humidifier. Winter air is dry and results in increased static electricity and dry and chapped skin, and it makes us more susceptible to illnesses since there is no moisture to remove bacteria and viruses from the air we breathe.
- In the warmer summer months, use a dehumidifier. You do not want the air inside your home to become oversaturated with humidity. This can lead to mold and mildew problems, plus excess humidity levels make us feel sluggish.
- Use ventilation fans in bathrooms. Make a habit of turning on the ventilation fan in the bathroom whenever you are taking a hot shower or bath, even if you leave the door open. The ventilation fan will help draw away some of the moisture in the air and keep humidity levels from becoming too high.
- Turn on the kitchen ventilation fan when cooking. Boiling water, baking, and other cooking appliances can increase humidity levels. The kitchen fan is not just for when you accidently burn something, and it helps remove the excess humidity.
- Have a humidistat installed. A humidistat is much like a thermostat, except it measures and displays the relative humidity levels inside the home. The humidistat can also be used to turn on/off humidifiers and dehumidifiers connected to your home’s central heating and cooling system.
By maintaining the proper humidity levels within the home, you will find you feel better, have improved immune responses, and avoid feeling cold or hot inside the home even though the thermostat is set to your desired temperature level. For all of your home heating and air conditioning repair, maintenance, and service needs, please feel free to contact Kaiser Air Conditioning at (805) 988-1800 today!