Does Your Home Have the Right Humidity Level?

April 19, 2017

Humidity is one of the top factors that can affect the overall comfort level of a home. Moreover, it can have an impact on the efficiency of the HVAC system. It is therefore important that homeowners maintain the right humidity levels in their home. In this post, our St. Louis HVAC technicians will explain why this is important and how it can be achieved. Why is maintaining ideal humidity levels important? Proper humidity levels are essential for efficient working of your HVAC system. Having the ideal humidity level can ensure that your system functions in the way it is intended to – that is, it cools the air in the summers and heats it in winter. Secondly, managing ideal humidity conditions will ensure that you and your family live in a comfortable environment that is free from impure air. Without correct humidity management, residents can become susceptible to a host of respiratory diseases, allergies, and chemical reactions. Additionally, improper humidity levels can even affect the physical interior and exterior of a home. For example, too much moisture can lead to a damp environment that, over a period of time, can attract termites and other insects and could potentially damage the...

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How to Choose between a Humidifier and a Dehumidifier

August 23, 2016

Do you find your house too damp in summer and too dry in winter? If you do, a humidifier or a dehumidifier is what your home may need. Your house should have a relative humidity level of 30-60 percent, depending on what time of the year it is. In winter, use of heating systems can reduce the humidity by over 30-40 percent. On the other hand, in summer, the humidity may be as high as 60 percent. If the relative humidity is below 30, you may want to invest in a humidifier to keep your family comfortable, however, if it touches 60 or more, you may need a dehumidifier. So, you may need both a humidifier and dehumidifier and use them according to seasons. How Does Humidity Affect Our Health? Extremes of relative humidity in the atmosphere affects human health adversely. If the air inside your home is dry, the residents may have dry skin and may suffer from other types of dermatitis. These may be the first signs that you need to invest in a humidifier. Other health problems caused by dry air include dry sinuses, congestion, nosebleed, persistent cough, and sore throat. If the air is too moist,...

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How to Deal With High Humidity

May 29, 2015

One of the most common problems facing homeowners during the summer, in addition to the heat, is humidity. During the summer, humidity can become so high that residents may start to feel uncomfortable and even sick. High humidity, in the range of 60 percent and above, can have many ill-effects including: Air that feels stale and heavy. An increase in relative temperature, as humid air feels much hotter than dry air, even if the temperature is kept constant. Skin that feels oily and sticky and hair that will not stay put. Serious Complications of High Humidity There can be more serious complications arising out of high humidity levels, such as the growth of harmful mold. A damp and warm environment can act as a breeding ground for dust mites and mold, which can cause health problems such as allergies, asthma, and irritation of the throat, eyes, and nose. High humidity can cause problems for susceptible groups such as children and the elderly, especially those with pre-existing health conditions. How to Lower the Humidity in Your Home To keep problems such as mold and mildew growth at bay, keep the humidity level within the range of 45 to 55 percent. This can be achieved in several ways. First,...

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Tips for Reducing Mold Growth in Your Home

May 26, 2015

Mold is often hard to deal with, as it can easily resurface after being dormant for several years. Mold and HVAC Systems Contrary to what some people might think, HVAC systems are not exactly responsible for mold. It is especially hard for this growth to thrive on these systems due to the nature of their surfaces, which are usually metallic. But their use can enhance the growth of mold when these systems are not properly maintained. To avoid issues, it is important for you to ensure your system is properly designed and installed to guard against dampness in your home. It should also use effective filtration techniques for clean air, with maintenance work carried out on it periodically. Prevention of Mold Growth If you are building a new home, it is important to ensure appropriate architectural, design, and building techniques are used for your home to guard against excess moisture. You may be exposed to a mold problem as a result of defective flashing, doors, windows, balconies and vapor barriers. You should also have the exterior parts of your building inspected at least once annually. Breaches in building envelope, roof flashing and caulking should be repaired. It is important to...

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Does Your Home Need a Whole House Dehumidifier?

October 1, 2014

When you have a family member who suffers from asthma or allergies, you may need to consider ways to improve the air quality inside your home. A house that is suffering from an excessive amount of humidity is not a comfortable environment. Excess humidity can also be dangerous to your health as it breeds mold spores and bacteria that may irritate your lungs. A whole house dehumidifier can reduce the humidity in the air, improve the inside air quality, and reduce the risk of health problems such as asthma and allergies. How Do I Know If My Home Has Too Much Humidity? Many St. Louis residents are living in homes with high humidity and do not even realize it. If you see condensation on the pipes in your kitchen or bathroom, or if you find spots of mold growing, then these may be an indication there is too much moisture in the air in your home. Chances are the mold you do see is just a small portion of what is possibly growing in areas that are hidden from view. Your windows are also another place to check if you are not sure if your home is excessively humid. If you notice condensation on a regular basis...

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