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What Humidity Level Should I Keep My Home During the Winter?

Chris Helms - Thursday, February 19, 2015

Deciding how humid to keep your home during the winter is part science, part personal preference. Here's what you need to know.

Humidity Levels at home

When you're stuck at home during the winter, your indoor air quality becomes much more of a concern than in summer months when you're out of the house or can open your windows and let the fresh air in. Humidity can help colder air feel warmer, allowing you to turn your thermostat down some during the winter and save on your utility bills, without sacrificing comfort. Raising the humidity in your home to 30-40% will help you to avoid many of the common ailments associated with winter, including dry skin, chapped lips, and sinus problems. However, be careful not to raise the humidity in your home to the point where you're noticing condensation on your windows. This means that there's also condensation on the inside of your exterior walls, which could cause problems later.

At Helms Heating & Cooling, we provide HVAC services to residents of Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas. We carry high quality products from brands like Carrier, and our expert HVAC technicians can help you keep your home comfortable and reduce your energy bill.

Call us at 704-821-6255, or just contact us today to discuss how increasing your humidity can improve the air quality in your home.