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What Is the Perfect Humidity Level?

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The pesky allergies of summer have finally left Savannah, Georgia. Gone are the clouds of floating pollen and seeds. Mold growth as a result of too much humidity is no longer a problem. With the fall and winter, however, comes dry air that can pose a new threat to allergies and asthma. Maintaining the perfect humidity level not only increases the efficiency of your HVAC system, but it also makes your home healthier and more comfortable.

The Perfect Humidity Level

Too much moisture in the air can exacerbate mold and mildew growth and can even affect the structure of your home. Too little moisture, on the other hand, makes it easier for flu viruses and other germs to survive. It can also increase the spread of dust in your home since there isn’t moisture in the air to weigh down the dust particles. Dry air also dries out your skin and throat, as well as your nose, and it leads to an increase in headaches.

A happy medium exists in the perfect humidity level: between 40 and 50 percent relative humidity. At this level, the moisture in the air is just enough to prevent the spread of allergy and asthma-inducing symptoms.

Getting to the Perfect Level

So how can you achieve that perfect level in your home? First of all, you need to ensure that your home is sealed off from the air outside. You don’t want the humidity in your home escaping through gaps or cracks around windows and doors. Once you’re sure that your home is adequately sealed, a whole-home humidifier is key to maintaining healthy humidity level. The humidifier attaches to your HVAC unit and introduces water vapor into the air flow until the home reaches the programmed level.

With a sealed home and a humidifier, the dry winter air will never keep you down. Get a jump on your humidity by calling McDevitt Air today at 877-692-9402.

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