The comfort of your Tallahassee home is determined by temperature and relative humidity. Maintaining healthy indoor humidity is just as important as finding that perfect setting on the thermostat.

What is Relative Humidity?

Humidity is the degree of moisture in the air. If it’s low, the air feels dry. If it’s high, the air feels damp. Relative humidity is a measure of temperature and moisture combined. The higher the relative humidity, the less moisture the air can hold. Relative indoor humidity for maximum health and comfort is between 40 and 50 percent.

What Are the Dangers of High Indoor Humidity?

Relative humidity over 60 percent will negatively impact indoor air quality. If it’s between 70 and 90 percent, it can cause rot and structural damage to your home. High indoor humidity fosters the growth of mold, fungi, mites, pathogens, and cockroaches. It can make allergies, asthma, and respiratory conditions worse. Airborne mold particles can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs.

What Are the Dangers of Low Indoor Humidity?

Low humidity can cause flaky skin, bloody nose and skin rashes. It can give you chapped lips and a scratchy throat. It can warp wood floors, shrink wood furniture and make wallpaper peel.

How a Whole-Home Dehumidifier Can Help

Dehumidifiers employ sensors and mini-computers. They can systematically maintain humidity at 45 percent. Drain-through technology prevents pathogen growth by eliminating standing water.

How Do Whole House Dehumidifiers Work?

A dehumidifier can be added to your HVAC system. It will remove moisture from the air as air flows through your ductwork. There are also portable units that are large enough to dehumidify a whole home.

High Quality Heating and Air can help you keep indoor humidity in its place. Check out our products online, or call us directly to learn more.

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