Why You Should Watch Your Humidity this Winter

Residents of Tallahassee, Florida, are no strangers to humidity. We handle it like champs. But we won’t lie that the end of summer, and thus the end of high humidity, brings a bit of relief. While in winter you may not have to deal with the high humidity of a Floridian summer, winter requires you to address the issues associated with low humidity. Watch your humidity this winter, and you’ll build a healthier, more comfortable home.

Humidity and Comfort

Indoor moisture levels affect more than how comfortable you feel out in the sun. The relative humidity level in your home also affects your comfort and energy efficiency of your HVAC system. High moisture content causes the home to feel warmer than it actually is, while lower moisture makes your living space feel colder. That shift often tempts homeowners to change the thermostat more frequently which adds strain to the system and reduces energy efficiency.

Humidity and Indoor Air Quality

Low humidity often hits indoor air quality hardest. A healthy amount of humidity actually weighs down dust particles hanging in your air. Without enough moisture, those particles float throughout your home and cause irritation. Low moisture can also cause inflammation of the mucus membrane, which increases your chance of contracting illnesses. Many viruses also thrive in low humidity.

How to Maintain Humidity Levels

The easiest way to regulate indoor moisture is to install a whole-home humidifier. Unlike a small humidifier that sits in the corner of a single room, whole-home humidifiers add carefully measured moisture to your airflow as it passes through the HVAC system, then distributes that healthy moisture throughout your home.

Don’t fear humidity. Make it your own. Use it to create health and comfort in your home. If too much indoor moisture is your concern, we also have whole-home dehumidifiers. For a professional hand improving your indoor air quality, call our team at Advanced Air Care Heating and Cooling at 850-688-9265.

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