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Lowering Your Home’s Humidity

As specialists in air conditioner repair in Avondale, we know how important it is to have a properly functioning AC system that not only keeps you cool but also maintains the humidity at a comfortable level inside your home.

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity

You’ve heard that expression many times, but have you ever asked, what is humidity?

Very simply, humidity is the measurement of water vapor in the air, and when the air retains more water vapor, the environment feels more humid.

Ranking humidity on a scale from 1 to 100, with 100 being the highest level possible without rain, you generally want your home to have a humidity level in the 45 to 55% range.

Health Issues Related to High Humidity

Beyond making you feel uncomfortably warm and sticky, high humidity can contribute to a number of health issues.

  • Dehydration – As the humidity level rises, our bodies have difficulty staying cool. Our sweat doesn’t evaporate effectively, and our bodies pump out even more sweat to try to compensate. Excessive sweating, in turn, can lead to loss of water and essential minerals needed by the body. Further, your body may start using other defense mechanisms to protect you against overheating, including increased respiration and altered blood flow. And that raises the risk of dehydration, respiratory problems, fatigue, muscle cramps, and more.
  • Sleep issues – When the humidity is high and you’re overheated, you may find yourself tossing and turning throughout much of the night, leaving you unrested and tired the next morning. High humidity can also increase nasal congestion, disrupting your breathing and contributing to snoring.
  • Allergies – Dust mites, mold and bacteria all love moisture, and among other things, that moisture can lead to mold and bacterial colonies growing on walls, as well as large colonies of dust mites. All of these, including dust mite feces, can contribute to allergies, asthma attacks and other health concerns.

And There’s More

Beyond the health issues, too much moisture can cause the wood in your home to swell, rot and deteriorate. It can also encourage rust and oxidation.

We Can Help

These problems can be avoided through proper AC maintenance or by replacing your old unit with one better suited to your home. So, for the very best in air conditioner repair or replacement in Avondale, call American Home Heating today at 773-736-7800.