Admit it. We tend to obsess over what the meteorologist tells us will happen here in Champaign. The forecast controls our schedules, and can even alter our emotions. And what we may not realize is that weather patterns impact everything inside our homes, from furniture to health.
Of course, we are talking about how humidity can get out of control if you aren’t watching it.
Balancing humidity is similar to balancing a low-carb diet. Too much or too little could be harmful. But there’s a sweet spot in the middle. When a home has excess moisture, the air can become stuffy and feels warmer than actual temperatures. Microbes, mildew, fungi, bacteria, and viruses thrive on this environment. When there’s too little moisture, skin gets dry, throats get sore, and wooden furniture, flooring and walls—and even instruments—can warp.
Humidity levels between 35% and 50% are perfect for comfort. But if you want an environment that’s free from microbes and that won’t damage wood, the humidity levels will be best between 45% and 50%. A steam humidifier and a dehumidifier are the answer.
Whole-home central humidifiers maintain humidity within 1% of the recommended levels throughout your home, creating a healthier living area, lessening dry sinuses, itchy skin and sore throats, and keeping wood from cracking or warping. It can also reduce the occurrences of bacteria, viruses and respiratory infections.
Whole-home central dehumidifiers decrease extra moisture, reduce dust mites and mold, and also protect wood from damage. Plus, they are much easier to use and less intrusive than bulky one-room products.
Regardless of the forecast for Champaign, humidity will continually be a factor in your home. Let our technicians help you find the best indoor air quality possible.
Call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Champaign today. We’ll help you manage the humidity in your home with quality equipment choices, knowledge and expert service—for all makes and models, 24 hours a day. Just call 217-689-2469.