Admit it. We tend to focus on what the meteorologist tells us will happen here in Albany. The forecast controls our schedules, and can even change our emotions. And what we may not realize is that weather patterns can also impact everything inside our homes, from furniture to health.
Of course, we mean the impact humidity can have when it isn’t monitored.
Balancing humidity is like balancing a low-carb diet. Too much or too little could be harmful. But it is possible to find that perfect spot. When a home has excess moisture, the air can become stuffy and feels warmer than actual temperatures. Microbes, mildew, fungi, bacteria, and viruses love this environment. When there’s a low amount of 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 appropriate for comfort. But if you want an environment that’s free from microbes and that won’t damage wood, the humidity levels will need to be kept between 45% and 50%. To help, a steam humidifier and a dehumidifier can provide a great solution.
Whole-home central humidifiers control humidity within 1% of your preferred levels throughout your home, creating a healthier house, lessening dry sinuses, itchy skin and sore throats, and keeping wood from cracking or warping. It could also reduce the occurrences of bacteria, viruses and respiratory infections.
Whole-home central dehumidifiers eliminate extra moisture, lessen dust mites and mold, and also shield wood from damage. Plus, they are much easier to use and less intrusive than bulky one-room products.
No matter what the forecast is for Albany, humidity will always be a factor in your home. Let our technicians help you reach the best indoor air quality possible.
Call D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Albany today. We’ll help you control the humidity in your home with quality equipment choices, knowledge and expert service—for all makes and models, 24 hours a day. Just call 518-205-3324.