A pleasant indoor environment is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Besides the perfect room temperature, the humidity level is an important factor for the overall indoor conditions. Having a good HVAC means also having the ability to control the air humidity to your best. An optimal humidity level also protects your HVAC system.
The Ideal Humidity Level
The ideal humidity level varies for each room or place. The general rule of thumb is to regulate around 40% – 55%, but during the hot season, the suggestion is to go for around 35%.
You have probably noticed in some manufacturers’ tips that it is not recommended to go above than 70%. This is because the higher the humidity, the more microorganisms can thrive under such conditions.
Seasons change, and so does air quality
Our advice is to avoid very high levels of humidity because it can lead to mold overgrow. Low levels of humidity for a longer period, on the other hand, can cause discomfort with dry throat or skin.
During the colder winter months, it is natural that the indoor heat is turned on higher, and this, in turn, can cause a drier air that can irritate your eyes, skin, and throat. So, the recommended moisture level is around 45% to 55% percent in winter. However, if the percentage is even higher, it can cause condensation and icing on windows that face the wind.
As the weather gets warmer, so the humidity level gets more balanced. When the hot summer rays hit, humid air is harder to breathe and makes for a sweaty environment, so the humidity needs to be regulated lower, at around 35%.
Don’t Forget The Filters
For a proper operation for temperature and humidity regulation, HVAC systems must be checked regularly, especially during seasonal change. Conditioned Air is your first choice for checking and maintaining your HVAC system, providing top professional support to their clients through the years.