During colder winter months the air dries out, then with summer heat often comes high humidity, especially here in Wilmington, Delaware. Fortunately, there are ways for you to maintain perfect humidity in your home and keep your family comfortable year round.

Measure Your Humidity

A constant relative humidity between 35 and 45 percent is ideal because this range is both comfortable for your family and good for your home and furnishings — not too dry or too damp. You can buy a simple humidity measurement device for less than $10 from your local hardware store or online. Move the device around your home over several days to get a good overall picture of temperature and humidity and to identify areas in your home where the temperature and humidity aren’t ideal. If you find that your home isn’t maintaining the ideal range for relative humidity, then you should consider either a humidifier or dehumidifier.

Add a Humidifier or Dehumidifier to Your Home

Humidifiers add moisture to your home in the winter by spraying water into the heated air from your furnace. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air circulated by your air conditioner. A portable dehumidifier can help address dampness in a confined space like a single room but will require attention, including draining water it removes from the air. From a convenience perspective, whole-home units are best for helping maintain proper humidity levels throughout your entire house.

Maintain Your HVAC System

If your home already has an HVAC system with a whole-home humidifier and dehumidifier but your home isn’t maintaining an ideal level of moisture, then it may be time to have your system serviced. Your system may have a problem such as a clogged water line to the humidifier or a failed dehumidifier cooler.

Whatever the season, by taking the steps discussed above you will be able to ensure the highest comfort for your family and friends. Call William G. Day Company today at 302-219-5591 to have a qualified service technician assess your HVAC system.

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