Humidity isn’t something homeowners across the Front Range have to worry about. We live in a dry climate, one that is more pronounced in the winter months.
If humidity levels aren’t managed right, you can experience dry skin or even respiratory discomfort. It can add to allergy or asthma conditions.
According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), relative humidity levels should be maintained below 65 percent. The EPA recommends between 30 and 60 percent to control mold buildup as well.
To achieve this, it’s important to monitor the inside air quality throughout the year. If your house is dry in the winter months, there are a few things you can do.
If you aren’t sure what humidity levels currently reside in your home, purchase a hygrometer to monitor inside levels.
If indoor air has too much humidity, it shows in many ways. Your skin might feel sticky to the touch. You might find mold and mildew growing throughout. A musty smell might linger. Over time, it can ruin organic items like furniture, books, and clothing.
If indoor air is too dry, the opposite can occur. It increases static electricity. It can crack wood furniture and flooring, leaving it brittle and dry. It can be difficult to breathe, causing nosebleeds. That can lead to nasal and respiratory problems, making you more vulnerable to respiratory viruses.
If you’re having trouble with humidity levels in your home, it might be a problem with your HVAC. Modern equipment is designed to regulate humidity, and uses various tactics to ensure your home is comfortable year-round.
Adding a whole house humidifier may be just what you need to ensure a comfortable living space, no matter how much time you plan on spending at home this next winter season.