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Home Humidity and Health Effects

Posted by Brooke on Sep 23, 2014 9:32:30 AM

The Importance of Proper Home Humidity

Humidity. There is too much of it in the summer, and not enough in the winter. But did you know that your home's humidity levels are an important factor to your family's health? Discover why better home humidity management during the winter will improve your family's overall comfort and well-being. Home humidity

Cracked lips, dry hands and static electricity galore are caused from a lack of moisture. Because our bodies are composed of mainly water, and the furnishings in our home also contain a certain level of moisture, the heating process draws the moisture right out of our bodies and our furnishings throughout the winter. Leaving us with a fair amount of negative side effects.


Dry winter air brings about dry skin issues including cracking and splitting skin. Eye irritation is common, as is dry, scratchy, irritated throats and bloody noses. After a while, bodies can become compromised and susceptible to viruses, colds and coughs as well. Our bodies need proper humidity levels to stay strong and healthy during the winter months.


Air that is too dry is also colder, so we feel less comfortable in our homes. Even if the setting is normally a comfortable temperature.


This dry, cool air leaves us feeling chillier, and therefore, we raise the temperature on the thermostat – using more energy and spending more money on home heating bills. Having proper humidity levels allows homeowners to actually lower the setting on their thermostats (using less energy) and still feel comfortable and cozy.


Most of us have put a great deal of care and money into our home furnishings. However, without proper humidity, these things can become damaged – wood floors and furniture can split and shrink, glues and sealants along our windows and doors can dry out and lose effectiveness, thus causing air leaks. And let’s not forget the dreadful static electricity that is not only ‘shocking’ but potentially damaging to electronics in the home.

What to do?

How much humidity is the right amount? The University of Minnesota has developed guidelines for the minimum recommended humidity levels for houses. Based on a 70ºF interior room temperature, engineering studies established the following guidelines:

Outside Temperature
Inside Humidity        
 20º to 40ºF  Not over 40 %
 10º to 20ºF  Not over 35 %
 0º to 10ºF  Not over 30 %
-10º to 0ºF  Not over 25 %
-20º to -10ºF  Not over 20 %
 -20º or below  Not over 15 %

Utilize a whole-home humidification system to manage the humidity levels in your home. Or plan now and get room humidifiers ready to run regularly throughout the heating system. Be cautious though – too much humidity can create other issues, such as mold and window condensation. Be sure to keep that in mind when humidifying your space.

Maintaining the proper humidification levels in your Minnesota home is really important, especially due to our extensive winter weather and need for heat. Contact your local Minnesota HVAC expert to help you find the right home humidifier for you and your family. Managing your home humidification levels will leave you feeling healthier and more comfortable, will save your furnishings from potential wear and tear, and will use less energy


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