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Why Humidity Matters for Your Home

Why Humidity Matters for Your Home


Humidity is merely the amount of moisture in the air.  There are three different measurements of humidity: absolute, relative and specific. Absolute humidity is the measure of moisture in the air, irrespective of temperature. Relative humidity (RH) is the measure of moisture in the air respective to the temperature. Specific humidity, sometimes referred to as humidity ratio, is the ratio of moisture to the air parcel’s total mass. Proper humidity levels in your home are crucial for comfortability, personal health, and health of your home. Keep on reading to learn more about humidity and your home.

Ideal In-Home Humidity Levels
As the temperature decreases during the wintertime, the air’s ability to hold water also decreases. The ideal level of humidity for your home during the colder seasons should be between 30-40% RH. During the warmer seasons, the air holds more moisture.  The ideal level of humidity for your home around the summertime should be around 40% RH and should not exceed 55% RH.

The Risks of Humidity Levels Being Too Low
When humidity levels are too low, indoor air tends to get dry. Below average humidity levels can lead to health and home problems such as:

- Dry and itchy skin, hair, or lips
- Susceptible to catching a cold or infection
- Damage to wood floors and furniture
- Paint chipping

The Risks of Humidity Levels Being Too High
When humidity levels are too high, indoor air feels sticky. Above average humidity levels can lead to risks such as:

- Discomfort sleeping
- Growing bacteria and mold
- Wet insulation
- Muggy conditions


Maple Air Heating and Cooling, located in Vaughan, recommends a few different ways to humidify the air in your home in order to keep proper humidity levels. Firstly, a home humidifier can be directly installed to your HVAC system. At Maple Air Heating and Cooling, serving the Greater Toronto Area, we carry a variety of humidifiers from industry leaders such as Carrier, GeneralAir, and Aprilaire. Secondly, we recommend investing in a digital thermostat with the function of humidity to control to systemize the process. At Maple Air Heating and Cooling, serving the Greater Toronto Area, we also carry a variety of thermostats from leading brands such as Carrier and Ecobee.

If you are still unsure about the levels of humidity in your home, the best solution is to have a specialized technician inspect your home. At Maple Air Heating and Cooling, serving the Greater Toronto Area, we are dedicated to providing top quality products and services to assure your home is comfortable and healthy environment. Contact us today to book an appointment with a licensed technician to take a look at the humidity levels in your home.
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