Ideal Home Humidity Level in The Summer

Humidity measures the level of water vapours in the air - in other words, the amount of moisture present.
During the hottest months of the year, humidity levels should fall somewhere between 30 and 45 percent. Winter or the colder months normally will have lower humidity levels closer to 40 percent, to avoid moisture accumulation on your windows. Put more succinctly, humidity levels are essential for your home to feel colder in summer and warmer in the winter.

Why is This Important?
The wrong humidity levels can not only be uncomfortable but can be damaging to both your house and your health. High humidity is a breeding ground for fungus, dust mites, and mold, which can trigger allergy attacks. High moisture levels can also lead to respiratory diseases, difficulty breathing, and asthma attacks. Humidity also affects your body's natural cooling system and can cause excess perspiration and an exaggerated sense of warmth.

Mold and mildew are not only dangerous for your health, they are also equally dangerous for your home. Moisture can warp wood and damage structural integrity and affect your personal possessions. Humid wood can also rot, weakening your home's foundation and attracting pests which can further damage the wood.

Low humidity, however, has equal potential for damage. Dry air causes sore throats, flaky skin, chapped lips, coughing, and breathing problems. It also affects your home, as wood can shrink and warp. Shrinking wood causes cracks in plaster and molding, especially around door and window frames. Wooden floors aren't immune, either, and the planks will creak noisily when you walk over them. They may even separate over time.

What Can You do About It?
Schedule an appointment with an HVAC technician in the Greater Toronto Area from Pro Climate. Our team at Pro Climate, heating and cooling solutions in the Greater Toronto Area, will make sure your humidity levels are correct and will address any issues around your HVAC system that might be causing problems. Our HVAC technicians will be able to address issues that you may not have spotted as well as inspect your current system.

With summer coming, it is important to make sure that your home's humidity levels are in check. Contact us today to schedule an heating or cooling appointment in the Greater Toronto Area!

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