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Indoor Humidity Levels and Humidifiers

Summer is quickly coming to an end and children are all back at school now. Many parents in Myrtle Beach may be wondering if they should invest in a humidifier to better control the indoor humidity levels. Low humidity can be really bad for your health by increasing your chances of getting colds, flu and other upper respiratory ailments.

Indoor Humidity Levels

The recommended indoor humidity levels vary depending on the time of the year. If the outdoor temperature is in the 70s the indoor humidity level should be between 40 and 60 percent. If the temperature outside is between 20 and 40 degrees the humidity inside should not be higher than 40 percent. Outdoor temperatures below 20 degrees require the humidity levels of no more than 15 percent. In general, the lower the outdoor temperature the lower the indoor humidity.

Indoor humidity levels affect your health and the overall condition of your homeAre Humidifiers Safe for Your House?

If you’re suffering from sinus congestion, sore throat or dry mouth you may find some relief with an indoor humidifier. How about your furniture, wooden floors and walls? Can using a humidifier cause damage to your home?

The answer lies in maintaining healthy indoor humidity levels. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent will help control mold. Low humidity in your house may cause your hardwood floors to crack and your stereo may experience static electric charges.

If you’re interested in more advanced solutions to improve the air in your house, there are other options out there apart from a table-top humidifier. You can purchase a whole-home humidifier system which is installed in conjunction with your AC system. The advantage of such a robust system is that it monitors the indoor humidity levels and adjusts them accordingly.

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If you have any questions about the humidity levels in your house as well as ways to control them, contact Brown & Reaves Services, Inc. at 843-497-9867 — or fill out our short inquiry form . We’ll get back to you usually within 24 hours.

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