The Importance of Proper Relative Humidity (RH)

You’ll often hear your weather forecaster talk about the Relative Humidity (RH) when describing the temperature, but most of us have no idea what that really means. And without knowing more about ‘relative’ humidity and why it’s important to control in your home, you could end up with mold, breathing issues, and other associated problems. So, let us help you get a better understanding of the importance of proper Relative Humidity (RH) in your home, so you can enjoy air quality that’s safe and comfortable for you and your family.

What is RH?

Relative humidity is the percentage of the total amount of moisture that could be held in the air. So, if the air is half saturated with water vapor, then the relative humidity will be recorded at 50%. When reported at 100% the air will be holding all the possible water vapor, and be 100% saturated.

What Happens With Low Humidity?

Cold air has insufficient moisture and low humidity. This can lead to sore throats, dry skin, breathing issues, static electricity, among other things. Using an air humidifier, which works to replenish the moisture in your home, can rectify low humidity problems. An air humidifier can also help save on your energy bills because when adding moisture to the air it will help the room retain heat more easily.

What Happens With High Humidity?

High levels of humidity can cause the air to become wet, creating bacteria, mold, corrosion, and spoiling that can affect your wood surfaces, silverware, food products, linens, paper, and other materials. Condensation can accumulate on your windows, causing water drips that will rot your window frames. And any excess moisture can create the perfect environments for insects and pests. To control the humidity in your home, we recommend a whole home humidification system that you can control and adjust like the HONEYWELL HE100 or HE150. For more details, call our office and we can help you with the details.

What Are The Recommended Humidity Levels?

The recommended RH for your home is between 35 to 45%. This amount will ensure that you get a comfortable level of humidity for your home. To achieve these optimal levels it’s recommended that you install an air humidifier system that can be controlled and adjusted. You can also achieve better energy efficiency by purchasing an Energy Star model.

Noticing mold or condensation forming in your home? We can help you achieve the correct environmental conditions to control your RH and also optimize your energy costs. Talk to us today at Distinct Heating & Cooling about air quality products.