How Humidity Can Affect Your House

Since we all live in the Chicago area, we know that even though air temperature outside is 90 degrees in the summer, it can be 10 times worse when there is high humidity. Humidity matters when it comes to the temperature of your home throughout the year.Your home’s air has humidity as well. Understanding how that humidity can be controlled, can actually prevent adverse health risks and actually help you control your HVAC system throughout the year.

Let’s start with the basics, humidity is measured by the amount of water vapor that is in the air. Therefore, your home and your health can be affected when there is high humidity in your home, or low humidity in your home. Controlling the humidity throughout the year in your home can actually prevent a lot of health risks and can help your HVAC system last longer and run easier.

How High Humidity Affects Your Home and You
When you have high humidity in your home, you could be affected by:
Wood Warping or Rotting: Moisture in the air has a tendency to condensate on windows, meaning the wood around the windows can be affected by this water as well. This can cause the wood around to crack, split, and even rot out by continued exposure to water.
Mold Problems: Mold spores love dampness and humidity. Certain types of mold actually feed off it and grows from it. Having high humidity measured in your home can lead to this mold continuing to grow and expand throughout your home.
Dust Mites Thrive: Dust mites that live in your bed, pillows, and upholstery, thrive in high humid places.
Wallpaper Can Be Affected: If you notice your wallpaper peeling off in corners or around edges this could be caused by high humidity in your home.

When you have low humidity you can expect:

Eye Itchiness: Your itchy eyes might not be caused by allergies! Low humidity in your home can contribute to your eyes being itchy and watery.
Dry Sore Throats and Dry Skin: Low humidity can also cause chronic sore throats, dry, cracked skin and other irritations.
Nosebleeds: Nosebleeds are a common problem when there is low humidity in the area. Caulks, Glue, and Adhesives Go Away: When there is low humidity in your home, caulk jobs and strong glue that you have used will start to peel and tear away.
Shocking Problems: One of the more surprising side effects of low humidity is that static electricity builds up throughout the home. Your dryer sheets are working, but your humidity is what is causing you to be shocked.

Controlling Your Humidity
High humidity holds heat longer, so it is not bad to have the humidity in your home be a little higher in the winter. Vice Versa when it is summer your air conditioning will run longer because the humidity in your house is holding the heat longer so you want a low humidity level. One of the easiest ways to control the humidity in your home is by investing in a humidifier and dehumidifier for your home. These units actually hook up into your HVAC system and regulate the humidity throughout your home. If you want one room controlled you can get separate units that you can put in one room and run when you need them. Regardless of what direction you want to go, your humidity should be anywhere between 40-60% based on the season it is currently. Your HVAC technician can recommend the best settings for your humidifier in your home.