When people think about “comfort” in their home, their mind often immediately goes to air conditioning and heating. They’re not wrong! However, there’s another big part of comfort in the home: indoor humidity.
During the fall and winter, relative outdoor humidity falls—especially in comparison to the wetter summer. This dry air results in itchy and dry skin, cracked nasal passages, and a number of negative impacts on the home, ranging from damaged woodwork to cracked wallpaper inside the house.
At the same time, you don’t want to be living in a sauna. What’s the best way to get ideal indoor humidity? In this blog post, we’ll explore what “ideal” humidity is, and how we can help you make your home more comfortable and balanced.
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What is the ideal indoor humidity point?
That answer varies from person-to-person. Some people like drier air, while others want more moisture in the air. Here’s a breakdown of how humans are impacted by humidity.
However, most agree that humidity levels inside the house should be in the range of 40 to 50 percent. Anything above 55 percent is too high, while less than 35 percent is considered too dry.
Of course, this varies with seasons. Dry air with very little moisture makes you feel colder, so it’s not ideal to have a dry-as-bone home in the coldest days of winter. The opposite is true: wet air in the summer makes the heat oppressive and suffocating.
5 ways to keep your indoor humidity balanced
Here are some tips to ensure that the humidity levels inside your home are kept at a comfortable level.
1. Buy a humidifier or dehumidifier from JNJ
The good news is that you don’t have to stress about humidity, since humidifiers and dehumidifiers make it easy to artificially alter your home’s indoor humidity level. JNJ installs both types of systems, right here in Elgin, South Elgin, and surrounding areas.
As their name implies, humidifiers increase moisture in the air by dispensing water vapors at regular intervals. These vapors make the air wetter than outside.
In contrast, dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air by using cooling coils. This process is actually similar to that of your air conditioner; in fact, your air conditioner itself has a dehumidifying effect! However, you may find yourself needing an actual dehumidifier, even when the AC is running in the summer.
Generally, you should use the humidifier during the fall and winter as the air dries out. On the other hand, you should use a dehumidifier during the summer to reduce the excess moisture levels in the house.
2. Have JNJ install a ventilator
Many homeowners believe their homes should be sealed up tight with zero air exchange between the outside and inside. Unfortunately, they’re probably conflating a process like Aeroseal with home sealing. Your home needs to breathe, and an exchange of indoor and outdoor air can not only help with your indoor air quality, but it can help balance out humidity in your home.
JNJ installs ventilators for exactly this purpose. These systems can ventilate stuffy air out of your home and bring in fresh air from outside. In doing so, ventilators can rebalance a home suffering from a humidity problem.
3. Install exhaust fans
Installing exhaust fans is recommended if the humidity level inside the home is too high. As with ventilators, exhaust fans can help remove excess moisture inside the house.
You should consider installing the exhaust fans in the bathroom, kitchen, and other humid areas where steam is present. The exhaust fans will redirect moisture outside the house, thereby helping you and your family stay comfortable—especially during the summer.
4. Boil water on the stove
If you want relief from dry air during the fall or winter, you should consider putting a bowl containing water at different places. Another effective idea boiling water on a stove set to high heat. The boiling water will provide humidifying benefits in the kitchen, thereby offering respite from dry air during the fall.
5. Call JNJ for seasonal HVAC Maintenance
Above, we mentioned how your air conditioner has an impact on your humidity levels. If you’ve been seeing weird humidity swings, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your HVAC systems. It might be a good time to schedule either air conditioning service or to book a furnace tune-up with the trusted team here at JNJ.
Getting the system checked and serviced by a professional technician will ensure that the ideal humidity level is maintained inside the house, resulting in optimal comfort.
Call JNJ for humidity products, solutions, and advice!
JNJ has been providing expert air conditioning and heating repair services in Elgin and South Elgin, IL for decades. We have highly trained and experienced technicians who can expertly diagnose and resolve all kinds of HVAC problems. As we’ve discussed in this blog post, we also specialize in humidity solutions.
Want us to diagnose your humidity issues? Give us a call at (847) 697-6805 or contact our team online.