Here in south Texas, humidity is a household name and doesn’t always have the best reputation. Most wish we could get rid of the unwanted humid air altogether. However, did you know that a specific level of humidity is actually necessary for your home to prevent the spread of mold, germs, and other particles in the air?
At the end of the day, your home’s humidity level is up to your discretion. However, experts suggest that a humidity level anywhere between 30 to 50 percent is perfect for preventing the spread of unwanted microorganisms – as well as maintaining your comfort. The standard rule of thumb for determining what the proper humidity percentage is for your home is based on the outside temperature. As the outside temperature decreases, so should the humidity level and vice versa.
Cons of High Humidity Levels
A high humidity level means a large amount of moisture in the air. There are multiple reasons why high moisture levels aren’t good for the livelihood of your home. For example:
- Furthers the spread of mold, bacteria, mildew, fungi and other viruses
- Can worsen symptoms for those who suffer from asthma
- Leaves your home feeling uncomfortable and muggy
Cons of Low Humidity Levels
Surprisingly enough, the problems that come along with having little to no humidity in your home are just as detrimental to your home as high levels of humid air. Here are some examples:
- Dry air equals colder air, causing you to spend more money on heating costs
- Causes cracks in wood from the dry air
- Can worsen symptoms of asthma sufferers and promotes the spread of viruses such as the cold and flu
Maintaining Humidity Levels
The good news is your home’s air conditioner helps control the humidity level in your home. If your air conditioner and thermostat are working together in harmony, your humidity level inside should always be in that 30-50% range. In addition, most smart thermostats will show you the humidity level inside your home so you can keep an eye on things.
For any question on your home’s humidity level, contact Champion AC today.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.