As we swing into spring, it’s time to switch from heating to cooling.  It seems like just a little while ago we were worried about low humidity in our homes causing chapped lips, respiratory problems, and dry furniture and wood trim.  Pretty soon, most of us will have the opposite problem: too much humidity.

For optimal home comfort, most experts recommend keeping the humidity level between 30% and 50%.  Fortunately, that is also the most comfortable humidity level. In the winter, when humidity levels drop below 30% the temperature in your feels cooler than it actually is.  In the summer months, if the humidity levels climb over 50%, the moist air makes the temperature feel warmer than it actually is.

Keeping the humidity level below 50% in the summer months will improve your comfort level and make your home feel cooler.  So if you keep setting the air conditioner temperature lower and lower but still feel uncomfortably warm, maybe you should be cranking down the humidity instead.  You will use less energy and save money on your air conditioning bill because you can turn the thermostat up a few degrees while remaining cool and comfortable.

The most effective way to dehumidify your home is to have a reputable HVAC contractor like Holland Heating & Cooling install a whole house dehumidifier that works in conjunction with your central air conditioning system.  The experts at Holland Heating & Cooling are the Davison, Michigan dehumidifier installation pros. Since it uses your existing ductwork, a whole house dehumidifier can do a far better job of keeping humidity levels uniformly low throughout the house than a portable dehumidifier.

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