How Does Humidity Cause Discomfort?
Have you ever felt cold and clammy in your home on one of the hottest days of the year?
Have you ever felt hot and sticky when the temperature is set at a comfortable 76 degrees?
Most of us think high humidity occurs only during the summer months. While it may feel that way sometimes, high humidity can actually cause more discomfort in the spring and fall because the need to cool or heat our homes is largely diminished.
High humidity levels lead to musty odors inside the home.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends relative humidity level of 35% -50% for maximum comfort.
Dehumidifiers are designed to work based solely on moisture content (RH) in the air.
Oversized AC systems and high SEER systems cool the home so quickly that they don’t run long enough to adequately remove moisture in the air.
Tighter, more energy efficient homes typically require less AC run time, which means less moisture removal.
High dew points and moderate temperatures during the shoulder seasons are especially problematic as most AC systems are not running. No run time means no moisture removal and ultimately high indoor relative humidity.
HVAC systems are designed to work based on temperature and cannot reliably control indoor humidity.
Americans spend, on average, 65% to 90% of their time indoors.
Overcooling your home to control humidity will make you feel uncomfortable and raise your utility bill.
Ultra Aire dehumidifiers help reduce the risk of serious health issues through filtration, ventilation, and moisture control.
Lowering your AC to dehumidify your home can cause condensation resulting in mold.
Ultra Aire dehumidifiers provide superior indoor air quality through fresh air ventilation and humidity control.
IAQ & YOU
Interested in learning more about the science behind indoor air quality? Visit the FAQ page for a detailed explanation of how temperature, dew point, and relative humidity all impact the comfort of your home. Also, see how dehumidification and ventilation work together to promote a healthy environment for you and your family.