EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is one of four in a series about indoor air quality (IAQ): 1. "Learn About the 6 Components of Indoor Air Quality." 2. "It’s a Balancing Act: Household Temp and Humidity." 3. "The Time is Up for Odor and Airborne Particles Inside the Home." 4. "A Homeowner’s Need-to-Know Guide About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Dioxide Levels."
If our home temperature and humidity are balanced, we’re happy and don’t think much about it, right? Especially if there’s very little fluctuation when the weather outside changes. Our HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) play an important role in keeping the temperature steady, moving air around the home and bringing in fresh air.
If finding a comfortable temperature and humidity balance is a struggle, it also could be negatively impacting our indoor air quality (IAQ).
There are four potential causes of home temperature issues:
Some fixes are as easy as having an HVAC professional diagnose and offer solutions. Or we may even want to do some of these fixes ourselves.
A T9 or T10 Pro Smart Thermostat allows us to remotely monitor and control our home’s comfort and energy usage through the Honeywell Home app. The thermostat’s smart-room sensors can deliver the right temperature to the right room at the right time. It works with both Google and Amazon voice assistants.
(Ranges above are according to industry and proprietary product information.)
Honeywell Home thermostats can help with a home’s humidity issues, but there’s more we should know about the ideal relative humidity of our home. As far as air quality is concerned, we don’t want the relative humidity to be too high because it could lead to mold growth. We also don’t want it too low because that could cause structural damage to our homes.
The sweet spot is 35% to 55% relative humidity according to ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers). So how do we achieve that balance? First, we need to know what’s causing the humidity imbalance.
There are three potential causes of home humidity issues:
When a home feels sticky, and we see window condensation and smell strong mildew odors, we need fixes that will help remove moisture from the air and potentially improve air quality, such as dehumidification:
Figuring out unique indoor air quality issues may be tricky, so contacting a local professional can get us on the right path of potentially breathing more easily.