Admit it. We tend to fixate on what the meteorologist tells us will happen here in Birmingham. The weather outlook controls our schedules, and can even change our emotions. And what we may not realize is that weather patterns impact everything inside our homes, from furniture to our family’s health.
Of course, we’re referring to humidity left uncontrolled.
Balancing humidity is similar to balancing a low-carb diet. Too much or too little can be bad. However, there is a sweet spot in the middle. When there is too much moisture in the home, the air gets stuffy and feels warmer than actual temperatures. Microbes, mildew, fungi, bacteria, and viruses thrive on 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 ideal for comfort. But if you want an environment that’s free from microbes and that won’t damage wood, the humidity levels should be maintained between 45% and 50%. A steam humidifier and a dehumidifier are the answer.
Whole-home central humidifiers control humidity within 1% of your preferred 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 may also reduce the occurrences of bacteria, viruses and respiratory infections.
Whole-home central dehumidifiers remove extra moisture, reduce 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.
Regardless of the forecast for Birmingham, humidity will continually be a factor in your home. Let our technicians help you find the best indoor air quality possible.
Call Norrell Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Birmingham 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. Give us a call at 205-267-0023.