As the temperatures continue to drop and snow is just around the corner, you may also feel winter coming inside of your home. The change you feel is RH—relative humidity or the amount of water vapor present in the air. Humidity also plays a factor in your heating and cooling costs. Many times we overcompensate with temperature adjustments when we really should be adjusting the moisture level.

So what is the ideal humidity in winter vs. summer? Generally speaking, the ideal comfort level is between 30-50%. Winter levels will be between 30-40% and in the summer it should be around 40-50%, depending on the outside temperature. You want to feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter and humidity plays a crucial part in the level of comfort in your home.

Effects of Low Humidity

When the weather outside is frightful, you want your home to stay delightful. In the winter months, the humidity level should be a little less to avoid condensation—around 30-40%. Since cold air doesn't hold as much moisture as warm air, it's important to find ways to improve the comfort level inside. Consider adding live houseplants or a portable room humidifier to help increase moisture in the air.

Dry air can cause:

  • Static electricity build-up
  • Dry, itchy skin, & eyes
  • The spread of viruses & bacteria
  • Damage to wood floors, furniture, & musical instruments

Effects of High Humidity

Likewise, too much humidity can have negative effects on you and your home. When your air conditioner isn't functioning properly, it can lead to unwanted moisture. Air conditioners work to remove the stickiness brought about by the high humidity levels of summer. Dehumidifying your home in the summer allows you to set the thermostat a little higher which can save on energy costs.

The ideal level of humidity in the summer is between 40-50%. Too much humidity can lead to issues such as:

  • Muggy conditions
  • Mold growth
  • Discomfort when sleeping
  • Damage to wood floors, furniture, & musical instruments

If you are experiencing too much humidity in your home in the summer, it's time to call the professionals at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Southeast Pennsylvania to diagnose and solve your air conditioning woes.

Maintaining a Happy Medium

Now that you know the sweet spot for humidity in winter vs. summer, you may be asking yourself how to maintain it evenly and efficiently throughout your home. The answer is simple—a whole house humidifier that works with your furnace to provide humidity in the winter. Combine that with a properly functioning cooling system and your home humidity will be completely controllable and comfortable all year long. In addition to your comfort, having the appropriate amount of moisture in your home ensures that your HVAC systems are working efficiently.

Call One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Southeast Pennsylvania to schedule a consultation for installation of a whole house humidifier. You'll be glad you did!