As all Atlanta area residents know, the combination of heat and a humid day can be practically unbearable. This problem is exacerbated when it becomes extremely humid indoors. Although a humidifier is often needed during the winter, it’s necessary to fight back against an average summertime humidity rating of 76 percent. Fortunately, focusing on proper indoor air quality can help you correct this issue.
Health Complications Caused by Indoor Humidity
The ideal humidity level for indoor comfort is 45 to 55 percent. If you go too far above or below these levels, you’ll be uncomfortable and may begin to experience health issues. Some of the most common problems associated with improper indoor air quality include an increased risk of asthma attacks, respiratory infections, mites, ozone production, fungi, viruses, bacteria, allergic rhinitis and chemical reactions. To avoid these complications, use a dehumidifier during the summer and a humidifier throughout the winter months, if your home fluctuates dramatically.
Discomfort Linked to a Humid Indoor Environment
Without a dehumidifier, you may experience several indoor air quality issues during the summer. For example, a humid environment can lead to muggy indoor conditions, difficulty sleeping and mold growth. On the other hand, if your home isn’t humid enough, you may begin dealing with itchy and dry skin. Either way, proper management of your indoor air can vastly improve your quality of life.
Feel Comfortable without Going Over Budget
An air conditioner is a must for Georgia residents, but you don’t have to spend a huge amount of money to make your house feel nice. Instead, use a dehumidifier with your air conditioner to get the most cost-effective results. The reduced humidity will enable you to feel more comfortable at slightly warmer temperature so you can rely less on air conditioning to meet your comfort needs.
If your home is too humid or not humid enough, the team at Zack Hammonds can help! Call 770-691-3162 to learn more about how we can improve your indoor air quality.