Southern California experiences a dry climate, with occasional rainfall during the summer. Most of the time, we don’t have to worry about extremes in humidity levels, and during the hot weather of the middle of the year, dry conditions can be helpful with staying cool.
But humidity levels inside a home are often a different story. Dry conditions can create a major problems. Humid conditions can occur as well, no matter the conditions outside, because of sources of moisture indoors. You want to achieve balanced humidity in your home and keep conditions from tilting to extremes.
A dry heat may be more comfortable (it allows the body to release heat easier) but it can be a problem during colder weather, adding an edge to the chill that will force you to turn on your home’s heater when you wouldn’t otherwise need to. When the relative humidity level dips below 30%, you will also run into problems such as cracked wood surfaces and peeling paint. Perhaps worst of all—especially in winter—is that dry conditions make it easier for illness to spread from person to person.
The solution: Have a whole-house humidifier installed into the HVAC system. You can control the humidity level without accidentally tipping into excess humidity.
Most people understand how uncomfortable a humid hot day can be, and you don’t want that situation in your home, where you’ll need to waste extra power keeping the air conditioning running most of the time. High humidity (above 60%) also encourages the growth of molds and mildews and creates water damage and wood rot.
The solution: An AC doesn’t have enough dehumidifying properties to make much difference, so instead have a professional install a whole-house dehumidifier in the HVAC system.
You’ll find installation work for both humidifiers and dehumidifiers at JW Heating and Air. We’re a HERO Program-certified contractor serving Downey, CA and throughout the Greater Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Valley area.