Summer is rapidly approaching, and as the temperature starts to climb you may notice some changes around the house. These could be a slight musty smell or foggy windows. There may be some mold in the shower, or you also might start sweating when you’re not exerting any physical energy at all.
At Deljo Heating & Cooling, your experts in furnace repair service in Chicago, we know those things can indicate that you have a problem with high humidity because your air conditioner isn’t controlling the level of moisture in your home. High humidity not only makes you feel uncomfortable, it also poses various health hazards and can damage your home as well.
What is high humidity?
Simply stated, humidity is the measurement of water vapor in the air. When the air retains more water vapor, the environment will feel more humid, and with less water, the environment feels dry.
Ranking humidity on a scale of 1 to 100, you generally want the humidity level in your home to be between 45 and 55 percent.
Reasons to keep home humidity low
Now that you know what high humidity is, here are four reasons to keep your home’s humidity level in that 45-55 percent range.
Dust mites – These repulsive little creatures live on a diet of organic castoffs, like flakes of human skin. They thrive in damp environments, and their feces is highly allergenic and a common source of asthma and allergies.
household odors – Whether musty or stale, it’s the kind of smell that air fresheners won’t remove, and the source is probably mold or mildew, both of which flourish in humid areas.
Allergies or asthma – Mold and dust mites are major triggers for respiratory issues like allergies and asthma.
Protection for your home – High humidity can take a toll on electrical wiring and appliances. It can also make wood expand, potentially causing furniture and flooring to warp, crack, or split.
Deljo air conditioning repair and replacement
One of the keys to keeping your home cool during the summer, with a comfortable, low humidity level, is a properly functioning air conditioning system, as well as a unit that’s the right size for your home. For the very best in air conditioning and furnace service in Chicago, call Deljo today and let our NATE-certified technicians get your system ready for the coming summer.