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How Humidity Affects Your Indoor Comfort Levels

Carmel Valley, CA and other cities in north San Diego County all benefit from the mild temperatures we enjoy here on the coast. Air conditioners and heaters are both necessary for those extremes, but by and large our systems have it easier than other parts of the country when it comes to temperature control. But there’s more to home comfort than just the numbers on the thermostat. Humidity levels can play a huge role not only in the air in your household, but in the efficiency by which your heater and air conditioner affects your job. Here’s a quick breakdown of how humidity affects your indoor comfort levels.

Balanced Relative Humidity

Humidity levels are measured as relative humidity: a percentage measuring the comparative levels of moisture in the air from 0% (no moisture at all) to 100% (rain). In order to be comfortable, human beings need relative humidity levels between 30% and 50%. When it gets lower, the air is dry enough to pull moisture form your skin and sinuses. That creates an itchy, uncomfortable feeling, while the dry sinuses make you more vulnerable to colds and disease. Static electricity is a problem as well, and your heater will need to work harder to do its job, since dry air tends to feel cooler.

High humidity levels have different, but no less problematic issues. When the relative humidity climbs above 50%, the sweat no longer evaporates off your skin, disrupting your body’s natural ability to keep cool. You feel hotter as a result, and the added moisture creates problems with mold and bacteria in your home.

Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

The solution for both dry and humid air is a top-notch humidifier and dehumidifier. With them in place, they’ll keep relative humidity levels balanced and comfortable, as well as easing the strain on your heater and air conditioner.

Talk to Aspen Cooling and Heating to install, repair or maintain whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

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