If you’re like most people in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia, you probably don’t think too much about the humidity level in your house. The only time we usually think about humidity is when too much makes hot summer days even more unbearable. But the level of humidity in your home can have a big impact on many different things you may never have considered.
Low Home Humidity
For instance, if there isn’t enough humidity in the air in your home, it can dry out your skin and nasal passages, even causing cracking and bleeding in extreme cases. This isn’t just unpleasant, but it can also make many cold and allergy symptoms even worse.
And just like inadequately humidified air will dry out your skin, your wood furniture, floors and accents will begin to feel the effects as well. Wood all over your house can begin to dry out, warp and crack as the moisture is drawn out of it, particularly if it is exposed to very dry air for an extended period of time. Of course, this isn’t ideal aesthetically, but in extreme cases it can even cause some serious structural damage over time.
But the negative effects of dry air don’t stop there. Dry air doesn’t hold heat as well as properly humidified air does, so you likely won’t be as comfortable inside as you should be even though your heating system is working just fine. Fortunately, the indoor air experts at Polar Bear Air Conditioning have a home humidification to keep your home comfortable year–round.
Also, if you already have an air purification system in place, dry air can actually cause it to work less efficiently than it otherwise would. Because drier air holds less of everything, particle contaminants are less likely to stick to air filters and more likely to settle out of the air to nestle in your carpets or gather on other surfaces throughout your home. Without proper humidification, your indoor air quality can suffer even with a state of the art air purification system in place.
High Home Humidity
On the other end of the spectrum, too much humidity can cause some complications as well. For instance, mold, bacteria and viruses thrive in moist environments, and if your house is usually damp, you’re pretty much just inviting these types of contaminants in.
Not only does mold compromise the quality of your indoor air by adding its spores to the mix, but it can also damage wood throughout your home. Humid air will naturally hold more contaminants in it anyway, and an excess of mold in various areas around your house will simply exacerbate the situation. Of course, mold typically grows in dark, out of the way places as well, so you can have a serious mold problem and not even know about it.
Even if you do already have an air purification system, excessively humid air will just make that system have to work that much harder to keep your indoor air clean. And on top of that, too much humidity often makes breathing more difficult in general for those with asthma and allergies.
Managing Home Humidity
As you can see, improper levels of humidity in your house can cause all types of problems. Luckily Polar Bear carries a variety of humidifiers that can help you get rid of those humidity problems permanently.
Our humidity experts can help you find just the right product to match your current heating, cooling and air purification systems and we provide complete installation services in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia as well. We can also provide you with helpful hints on what you can do to keep humidity problems at bay in the future. So give us a call today to find out more about how the humidity level in your home is affecting your quality of life.