Admit it. We tend to fixate on what the meteorologist tells us will happen here in Austin. The forecast controls our schedules, and can even alter our emotions. And what we may not realize is that weather patterns also have an effect everything inside our homes, from furniture to your health.
Of course, we’re referring to humidity left uncontrolled.
Balancing humidity is like balancing a low-carb diet. Too much or too little can be bad. But there’s a sweet spot in the middle. When a home has excess moisture, the air gets stuffy and feels warmer than actual temperatures. Microbes, mildew, fungi, bacteria, and viruses love this environment. When there’s not enough moisture, skin gets dry, throats get sore, and wooden furniture, flooring and walls—and even instruments—can warp.
Humidity levels between 35% and 50% are appropriate for comfort. But if you want an environment that’s free from microbes and that won’t damage wood, the humidity levels should be maintained between 45% and 50%. To help, a steam humidifier and a dehumidifier can provide a great solution.
Whole-home central humidifiers control humidity within 1% of the recommended levels throughout your home, creating a healthier living area, lessening dry sinuses, itchy skin and sore throats, and keeping wood from cracking or warping. It can also reduce the occurrences of bacteria, viruses and respiratory infections.
Whole-home central dehumidifiers eliminate extra moisture, lessen dust mites and mold, and also shield wood from damage. Plus, they are a lot easier to use and less intrusive than bulky one-room products.
No matter what the forecast is for Austin, humidity will continually be a factor in your home. Let our technicians help you find the best indoor air quality possible.
Call Strand Brothers Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Austin today. We’ll help you regulate the humidity in your home with quality equipment choices, knowledge and expert service—for all makes and models, 24 hours a day. Call us now at 512-592-3072 .