As the seasons change, this not only means the temperature will fluctuate, but the humidity as well. While we often blame the changes in temperature on how uncomfortable we feel, unseen humidity change often plays a big role in that as well.
In the summer when the air holds more moisture and the humidity is high, it often feels more sticky and muggy. In the winter when the air holds less moisture, the less humid air can make everything feel so dry that it is almost painful.
The optimal humidity level for your home is between 45 to 55 percent, and by keeping that optimal percentage, it will help you feel cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
The most obvious advice to keeping these optimal levels is to install a whole home humidifier and dehumidifier. Obviously this will help a lot to keep optimum levels, but not every home needs it. In fact, sometimes small changes can be enough to control your humidity level.
In the summer, your air conditioner will naturally help dehumidify your air. However, it may not be able to keep up with the levels. In this case, you want to also use exhaust fans when showering or when boiling water on the stove. This will help to get rid of excess humidity to keep levels optimal.
In the winter, sometimes a small portable humidifier in sleeping areas can be enough to keep your house comfortable. Unlike an air conditioner, a furnace will not humidify your home. This is why if you have low humidity issues in the winter, you may want to consider a whole house humidifier.
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