The Pros and Cons of Humidity Control

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If you have too much humidity in your home or the air happens to be too dry, you can employ measures to artificially control the humidity. While there are many benefits to humidity control, there are some potential downsides too. At Arctic Air of Southern Utah, we want you to be aware of both the pros and cons so that you can make a judgment regarding your home’s humidity.

Pros and Cons of Adding Humidity

One easy way to add humidity is by using a humidifier. It will help moisturize your skin and nasal passages, which can help you avoid respiratory irritation. Adding humidity also helps to protect wooden furniture and floors, reducing the risk of damage. Plus, in the winter, extra humidity can help your home feel warmer.

Be careful, though, about adding too much humidity. The main risk of prolonged high humidity levels is mold and mildew growth as your drywall absorbs the moisture. Arctic Air of Southern Utah can help you monitor humidity levels to prevent these issues.

Pros and Cons of Removing Humidity

If there’s too much moisture in the air in your home, you can use a dehumidifier to lower the humidity level. In the summer, your air conditioner already acts as a dehumidifier, but you may need extra moisture-removing power if your home is especially damp. During warm months, removing humidity from the air can make it feel cooler and can help to keep enclosed spaces, such as basements, from growing mold or mildew.

Removing too much humidity, though, can put you at risk for sinus infections. You might also notice that floors, doors, and windows creak more if the humidity drops too low. Fortunately, most dehumidifiers have a built-in hygrometer to measure the humidity level in the space where they’re working, allowing them to turn off automatically when the level gets too low.

We Take Care of Your Home

When it comes to humidity levels, proper balance is key. This is true of other aspects of home comfort, too. That’s why we work hard to keep your home comfort system operating smoothly to ensure that you can always be comfortable inside no matter what the weather is like outside.

By offering repair, maintenance, and installation of air conditioners and furnaces, we can ensure that your home is always the perfect temperature. We also offer ductwork cleaning and indoor air quality testing to help reduce allergens and harmful chemicals so that you and your family can breathe easy. If you want to make your St. George home more comfortable, call Arctic Air of Southern Utah today.

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