Admit it. We tend to fixate on what the meteorologist tells us will happen here in Oklahoma City. The forecast 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 are talking about how humidity can get out of control if you aren’t watching it.
Balancing humidity is not unlike balancing a low-carb diet. Too much or too little could be harmful. However, there is a sweet spot in the middle. When a home has excess moisture, the air can get stuffy and feels warmer than actual temperatures. Microbes, mildew, fungi, bacteria, and viruses thrive on this environment. When there’s a low amount of moisture, skin can become dry, throats get sore, and wooden furniture, flooring and walls—and even instruments—can warp.
Humidity levels between 35% and 50% are appropriate for comfort. But if you want an environment that’s free from microbes and that won’t damage wood, the humidity levels should be maintained between 45% and 50%. A steam humidifier and a dehumidifier are the answer.
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 can 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 much easier to use and less intrusive than bulky one-room products.
No matter what the forecast is for Oklahoma City, humidity will repeatedly be a factor in your home. Let our experts help you achieve the best indoor air quality possible.
Call Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Oklahoma City today. We’ll help you manage the humidity in your home with quality equipment choices, knowledge and expert service—for all makes and models, 24 hours a day. Just call 405-432-2197.