Keeping your home comfortable throughout the year is about more than just managing the temperature successfully. In addition, you need to manage the amount of moisture in the air – something you may not think about very often. A whole home humidifier or dehumidifier might not be something you have previously considered, but for some homeowners, it can make a world of difference.
A Matter of Comfort
Humidity plays a huge role in how comfortable you feel throughout the day. Just ask anyone who lives in the Houston area how it feels on a hot summer afternoon, and you are likely to get plenty of adjectives in return – and most of them will be negative. The combination of high heat and high humidity can make for a nasty experience.
But did you know that low humidity can also be uncomfortable? While it feels completely different, particularly low humidity can lead to feelings of itchy skin, sore throat, dry eyes, and more. Most people would take those issues over the swampy feeling of high humidity, but both can be irritating. Given how important the moisture content of the air is to your overall feeling of well-being, it quickly becomes clear why a whole home humidifier or dehumidifier could be a wise investment.
Looking for Signs
Not only can high or low humidity make you uncomfortable personally, but it can also make your home uncomfortable. Watching for signs of trouble in your home is a great way to determine that a humidifier or dehumidifier is needed. If you have too much moisture in the air of your home on a regular basis, you might start to see issues like mold and mildew developing, as they thrive on moisture. Also, your house could smell musty, there could be cracking wood surfaces, or your pipes could be sweating.
On the other end of the spectrum, low humidity in a home can also crack wood, in addition to allowing dust to collect, bacteria to grow, and more. Either way, whether you are on the low or high side of the spectrum, this is a problem you will want to correct. In fact, your home could suffer from both of these issues depending on the time of year, as high humidity is common in the summer and low humidity is frequently seen in the winter.
Automating the Process
Some people attempt to counter this issue by using a portable humidifier or dehumidifier unit that they can move around the house and plug in where needed. These types of units can certainly serve a purpose, but they aren’t the same thing as a whole house system. With a quality whole home system installed, the humidity level will be monitored automatically and the right adjustments can be made to bring the humidity back to a comfortable range. This will make your life not only more comfortable, but easier. There won’t be anything for you to do other than sit back and let the system run.
To learn more about this kind of system, or to schedule your appointment, please contact us right away. We are excited to serve you!