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Indoor Air Quality: Humidity in Your Home


Published: November 6, 2015

Humidity’s Significance in Your Home



Humidity in your home improves your indoor air quality in the wintertime. Not only does it have a positive effect on your health but it also enhances overall comfort in your home.

The humidity level in your home and health can be conveyed as low, ideal or high. A low level is less than 25% which makes for a dry environment. An ideal level is between 25%-55% and this makes for a comfortable environment. Last, a high level is over 55% and this makes for a highly humid environment. Maintaining a healthy balance of humidity reaps benefits for your overall health. Too much can cause an increase of pollutants and allergens which could affect your respiratory health. Not enough causes dry skin, nose bleeds and difficulty breathing. Maintaining a healthy balance of humidity reaps benefits for your overall health.

Apart from health benefits, extreme levels and or a lack thereof can cause damage to your home and its furnishings. This can lead to costly repairs or permanent damage in your home. Here are some examples:
  • Wood furniture or flooring can dry out in too little humidity; too much can cause mold and mildew leading to costly repairs

  • For indoor gardeners, your plants will love the correct amount of humidity in your home and will thrive

  • The artwork on your walls can be damaged by constant change in temperature and humidity; paint will crack, peel, fade and separate eventually leading to ruined artwork
At RCM Heating and Cooling, we do everything we can to correct these conditions. If you are interested in improving the indoor air quality your home, feel free to give us a call at (815) 485-6525.


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