When you think of humidity, you probably only consider the very muggy conditions that plague Charleston, South Carolina, throughout the warmer months of the year. However, humidity has a huge impact on your home comfort, and controlling it is the only way to ensure you can enjoy the indoors. Both high humidity and low humidity can cause health problems and impact indoor air quality, necessitating a plan of attack to curb the problem.
What Is Relative Humidity?
Before you get into the effects that humidity has on home comfort, it’s important to understand what it is. Expressed as an equation of water vapor in the air divided by the mass of dry air, absolute humidity registers the percentage of water vapor in the air. This helps derive relative humidity, which is the current amount of absolute humidity divided by the highest possible absolute humidity. Relative humidity is the measurement you most commonly see on the nightly news or in your home, and the ratio that you have to control for maximum home comfort.
How Does Relative Humidity Impact Comfort?
Because Charleston rests on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, it has a much higher moisture than non-coastal areas. In some regards, this is a positive aspect, as the city doesn’t suffer from dry winters that occur in other areas of the country that can cause health problems and other nuisances.
In the summer, it’s a different story. When humidity hops above 60 percent in your home, it can make your home feel hotter than it actually is. While there are many ways to control this moist air, the most effective way to lower it is by a whole-home dehumidifier or an advanced HVAC system with humidity controls.
Winter air moisture can drop below 40 percent in your home, which could cause dry skin, nosebleeds, and other respiratory problems. To combat this situation, a humidifier pumps moisture into the air and alleviates the situation.
Are you experiencing high or low air moisture that’s causing your family to suffer? Call AC Heating and Air Conditioning Services today at (843) 277-9928.
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