As residents of Cartersville, Georgia, we’re no strangers to the humidity. At this point, we like to think we’ve gotten used to it. But it’s often still an annoyance. Most of the time, however, you can escape the clutching moisture when you enter your home. While you may not recognize humidity’s influence as strongly in your home, it’s still there, affecting your comfort and even your health. Whether the humidity is too high or too low in your home, it’s likely endangering your comfort; it’s time to take control. Here’s how humidity affects comfort.
How Humidity Affects Comfort
Humidity does more than make your clothes cling to you while you’re outside; it also affects the indoor temperature. During the summer, when the warm air retains more moisture, your home will likely feel warmer than your thermostat setting indicates.
In the winter, when humidity levels drop, your home may feel colder than it actually is. In both cases, you won’t be able to find comfort, and your HVAC system will continuously strain itself to maintain the thermostat-regulated temperature.
How to Regulate Humidity
No matter the season, you’ll need to make a habit of regulating your humidity. During the summer, ensure your home receives extra ventilation, especially warmer and wetter areas, like the bathroom. During the winter, leave the door to the bathroom open so that moisture can spread throughout the home.
To reliably regulate humidity, you can also leave the hard work to your HVAC system by installing a whole-home humidifier and dehumidifier. Both machines work with your HVAC system to either add to the airflow or remove it. Aim for between 40 and 60 percent humidity.
Don’t deal with discomfort any longer. Get a handle on your home’s humidity. To get professional assistance tackling humidity and other indoor air quality issues, call Pendley Heating and Air Conditioning at (770) 382-1221.
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