When you’re in the HVAC business like we are at Schnelle Heating and Air, you get used to helping people find the perfect bowl of porridge. A Goldilocks Quandary is a real problem. One person likes the porridge one way and another person another way, with no compromise. However, unlike with bowls of soup or whatever porridge is, in the air conditions of a home, there can only be one setting, usually. Cohabitants can arm wrestle for thermostat superiority, invest in more zone heating and cooling options, or let the loudest or most persistent person win. (For the record, when we leave a home, we leave the thermostat set on the temperature chosen by whoever is paying us.) Then, and here’s the point of the blog, you have to fight over the humidity in a house. And who even knows what the best humidity level is? Well, we’re going to tell you, and also tell you why it matters.
The best humidity range for a home is around 30 to 60 percent according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA picks that range because to get below it or above it causes problems to not just the comfort of the inhabitants but also the health and safety of them. We suppose it could even affect your home’s value with enough time, and it certainly affects your budget now. Here are some problems that can arise if the humidity of a home is off the rails.
Papa Bear's Home is Too Dry:
The home’s materials - such as those of the floor, cabinets, doors, and windows - can crack and warp
Costs go up because energy is spent trying to regulate the comfort level by heating or cooling more than is necessary
Eyes, skin, and sinuses dry out, affecting your health (such as sinus infections) and appearance
Viruses can spread easier
Asthma and allergy problems can become aggravated
Mama Bear's Home is Too Moist:
Mold, swelling, and other forces can damage materials like paint, wood, seals, and even furnishings
Combating the humidity level of a home can require more energy and cost more money
Bacteria, fungus, mold, mildew, and viruses have hay days in moist climates
Asthma and allergy problems can be perpetuated
Finding the sweet spot in the humidity of a home will reduce the risk of those problems listed above, but that doesn’t solve the issue of discomfort caused by Goldilocks Quandary. So if one Bear likes the living room at 68 degrees and another Bear likes it at 74, common sense would tell you that the thermostat needs to be set on a compromising 71. However, anyone that’s been married knows that thermostat has a 100 percent chance of being set on 74. Anything other than 74 and Papa Bear will be covered in blankets and pillows like an Elizabethan Queen suffering from a “chill” just for show.
The solution lies in finding the best humidity. An 80 degree home with high humidity is an entirely different experience than an 80 degree home with lower humidity. So by adjusting the air moisture with a humidifier or dehumidifier, a homeowner can bridge that gap and find that Goldilocks sweet spot. Increase the humidity of a home to increase the “feels like” temperature, or decrease the humidity to decrease the “feels like” temperature. With all the variables like temp, humidity, light exposure, airflow from HVAC or fans, and body coverings, surely the Bear home can be good for the whole family.
At Schnelle Heating & Air, we can make nearly any character feel comfortable in a home, but also safe and wise. To maintain that comfort and air quality standard, we sell air humidifier and dehumidifier components that work with your HVAC systems. This ensures you keep viruses and mold at bay and money in your wallet. Contact us if you have any questions or need service, even 24/7. We’re standing ready with our experience and the excellent customer service we’re known for!