Humidity in your Home Q&A with a HVAC Professional

Q: Do many people consider the humidity in their homes before a problem arises?  

A: No, they don't.

Q: What does humidity affect in our homes?  

A: All hard wood surfaces as well as overall comfort in the home. Doors and cabinets will stick, floors will start to separate, instruments like pianos will become out of tune. Etc.

Q: What are some ways you can control too much humidity?

A: Lowering the temperature on your thermostat in the summer will help remove excess humidity, adding a dehumidifier to your home will also help.

Q: What are some ways you can control not enough humidity? 

A: Adding in a whole home bypass or steam humidifier to your HVAC system is the most effective way.

Q: How does humidity affect our bodies? (too much or too little)

A: Too much humidity will create a damp feeling. You can effectively raise the temperature in your home and feel more comfortable with the correct amount of humidity in the summer. The same is true in the winter. Dry skin, nose bleeds, and static shock are all symptoms of low humidity in the winter.

Q: What does United do to combat humidity issues in customers’ homes?

A: First by accurately sizing the HVAC system to the home. Second by adding in dehumidifiers and humidifiers to combat additional humidity concerns. Almost all systems with a gas fired furnace should have some type of humidifier on it to help in adding humidity back in that the flames from the furnace take out.

Q: What should the humidity in our homes be set to for each season?

A: In the summer time 50 to 55% humidity is ideal, in the winter 35 to 40% depending on the outdoor temperature.

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