Winter is fast approaching in the Rochester, MN, area. While heat is at the top of most people’s priority list, the indoor humidity level is often overlooked. Let’s discuss the importance of the humidity level in your home and whether you should use a humidifier or dehumidifier this winter.
The Importance of the Right Humidity Level
Keeping the humidity level balanced helps to create a more comfortable environment. Experts recommend keeping your home’s humidity level between 40% and 50%. At much more than 50%, you risk creating an ideal environment for mold growth, musty odors, and condensation, which can create water stains on your walls and ceilings. A humidity level below 40% can increase your susceptibility to catching colds and other viruses, create dry hair and itchy skin and worsen allergies. So, as you can see, having the proper humidity level in your home is important for maintaining indoor air quality and a comfortable environment.
Should You Use a Humidifier or Dehumidifier This Winter?
Winter air tends to be cold and dry. This, coupled with running a furnace, can create even drier conditions inside your home. So, you will likely want to use a humidifier this winter to put some moisture into your air. Keeping the humidity level between 40% and 50% can also help make it easier to breathe and cause your home to feel warmer.
To keep the humidity level in your home consistent, make sure you seal up any cracks and holes that could let in outdoor air. This will also help improve the energy efficiency of your home since both your furnace and humidifier won’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable indoor environment.
Consult the Experts
If you have more questions about maintaining the humidity level in your home this winter, Unitedly Service Group is here to answer all of your questions. We are a locally owned and operated company that has been serving the residents of Rochester since 2006. As an EPA-certified company, we work on all brands and models of HVAC systems. You can count on us for all your heating and cooling services, indoor air quality solutions, in-floor heating systems, boilers, zone controls, and more. Whether you need installation, maintenance, repair, or just information, contact us today!