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Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. Although air comes into your house with a certain amount of moisture, vapor also comes from many indoor places such things as cooking, washing dishes, bathing, and doing laundry.
Drafts can also affect the amount of vapor in the air so humidity problems are fairly common in older or less energy-efficient homes.
The ideal humidity level for your home is 45%.
An indoor humidity level of less than 30% is too dry.
You will know your home's humidity is too low if static electricity is shocking you. Skin irritation and respiratory problems are other signs of low humidity.
Low humidity dries out the noses and throats of the home's residents. It causes scratchy dry throat, increased allergy symptoms, more frequent colds/infections, and even cracked fingers.
It also affects the wood in the home, which shrinks, often damaging trim, hardwood flooring, and even wood furniture. Sheetrock and paneling may crack from low humidity.
Your home's heating system will lower your home's humidity.
However, the reverse is true with a more energy-efficient home and a tighter envelope. The lack of air exchange of air coupled with humans and their activities can cause high indoor humidity.
Please contact Terry Jensen at 972 251-1532 or 817 545-0140.
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