Humidity is something that cannot be avoided indoors. From your air conditioner use to bathing and cooking, everything you do causes an increase or decrease in the humidity level inside your home. Is high humidity inescapable, though? Window contractors don’t think so.
For a homeowner, it’s important to keep humidity at manageable levels, preferably around 30% to 50% in the summer and 25% to 65% in winter. At Renewal by Andersen® of Spokane, we believe that failure to maintain a reasonable humidity level has the following effects:
Low Humidity May Cause Skin Dryness
Humidity levels below 20% may cause skin dryness, which results in itchiness and discomfort. This may also lead to other problems when coupled with harsh soaps and frequent bathing. You may think turning to the shower is helping hydrate your skin, but it’s the opposite when you’re in a room with low humidity. Especially in the bathroom, where moisture may accumulate after a bath, we recommend window replacement.
High Humidity May Cause Allergies
If you’re not a fan of having dry skin, you may think that a high humidity level is ideal. Sadly, that is not the case, as humidity levels of over 65% may cause asthma, allergies, and other upper respiratory illnesses. Those with a compromised immune system may find the humidity giving them breathing difficulties. Though many think it’s enough to have a dehumidifier to solve this issue, if not cleaned regularly, the dehumidifier may circulate dirty air, which only aggravates the situation.
Excess Humidity May Deteriorate Home
Your body is not the only thing affected by too much or too little humidity. Your home also is, especially with components such as windows, tiles, and doors that store moisture. When windows are not properly sealed, air leakage and condensation happens when there’s an imbalance in indoor and outdoor temperature. Moisture may also seep through walls and deteriorate paint. The window sash could show signs of peeling paint due to excess condensation. Even window frames are not safe from the damage caused by too much moisture.
Now that you know what dangers lie ahead when you don’t control the humidity level inside the home, it’s time to check that every part of the home does not contribute to excess moisture levels. Renewal by Andersen® of Spokane is a trusted name when it comes to window and door replacement. Give us a call at (509) 202-4090. We serve the Spokane, WA area. Watch out for part two of this blog, where we discuss how we deal with condensation issues at home.