Make Sure Your Home Is Comfortable For Holiday Guests
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Make Sure Your Home Is Comfortable For Holiday Guests

Make Sure Your Home is Comfortable for Holiday Guests

The holidays are fast-approaching and you want to make sure your home is comfortable and healthy for guests and family members who are coming to visit. Don’t forget about an important factor: The humidity level in your house plays a critical role in your indoor air quality (IAQ).

It’s the middle of fall and winter is just around the corner which means the air is getting drier. Studies consistently show viruses, like the flu, spread more easily when the air is dry. Call Masters Heating & Cooling to learn more about adding humidity to the air in your home. [link humidification video]  We feature Aprilaire whole-house humidifiers. As important as the health benefits are, there are several other reasons to add moisture to the dry winter air:

  • Reduce static electricity shocks
  • Help eliminate dry nasal passages and scratchy throats
  • Protect valuable belongings like furniture & artwork
  • Keep wood floors & woodwork from getting too dry and cracking

Masters understand it was just a few short weeks ago everyone was complaining about the hot and humid summer days, but our indoor winter air is often too dry. The ideal indoor humidity for comfort is 40% to 50%, which during winter, usually requires some form of added humidity.

You need to be aware there are compromises because of the cold winters in Northern Indiana. As the outside temperature gets colder, you may have to lower the indoor humidity to avoid condensation and even ice on your home’s windows. When you see condensation on your windows, there is a good chance you also have moisture inside your walls and in the attic. That’s bad and could result in the growth of mold and rotting wood.

To avoid this problem, use this table as a guideline for humidity levels based on the outdoor temperature:

Outdoor Temperature Maximum Indoor Humidity
20℉ TO 40℉ 40%
10℉ TO 20℉ 35%
0℉ TO 10℉ 30%
-10℉ TO 0℉ 25%
-20℉ TO -10℉ 20%
Colder than -20℉ 15%

Masters Heating & Cooling is your leader for IAQ services in Fort Wayne and all of Northern Indiana. In addition to adding humidity, we carry a full line of air filtration products to remove dirt, dust, and allergens. Let our highly trained technicians help you keep your home comfortable and healthy this holiday season. Call now to learn about whole-house humidifiers and other ways to improve your indoor air quality. With five locations to serve you, Masters gets there faster.

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