Admit it. We tend to fixate on what the meteorologist tells us will happen here in Ottawa. The weather outlook controls our schedules, and can even affect our emotions. And what we may not realize is that weather patterns impact everything inside our homes, from furniture to our family’s health.
Of course, we mean the impact humidity can have when it isn’t monitored.
Balancing humidity is similar to balancing a low-carb diet. Too much or too little can be bad. But there’s a sweet spot in the middle. When there is too much moisture in the home, the air can get stuffy and feels warmer than actual temperatures. Microbes, mildew, fungi, bacteria, and viruses flourish in this environment. When there’s too little 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 ideal for comfort. But if you want an environment that’s free from microbes and that won’t damage wood, the humidity levels will be best between 45% and 50%. To help, a steam humidifier and a dehumidifier can provide a great solution.
Whole-home central humidifiers maintain humidity within 1% of your preferred 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 could also reduce the occurrences of bacteria, viruses and respiratory infections.
Whole-home central dehumidifiers remove extra moisture, diminish dust mites and mold, and also protect 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 Ottawa, humidity will continually be a factor in your home. Let our experts help you find the best indoor air quality possible.
Call Francis Home Environment Heating and Air Conditioning in Ottawa 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. Give us a call at 613-723-4700.