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5 Signs Your Home Has Poor Indoor Humidity

indoor humidityNo matter what type of climate you live in, both your home and your health can be affected by poor indoor humidity levels. The effects of having too much or too little humidity inside can be rather uncomfortable and even damage some parts of your home. That is why we’re here today to help you achieve the perfect level of humidity for ultimate indoor comfort and better health. 

What are Normal Indoor Humidity Levels?

To begin, indoor humidity levels should ideally be 30-50% humidity. Anything below 30% will cause issues, just as anything above 50% humidity will as well. So how can you tell if you have normal humidity in your house? Without the proper tools to measure your humidity levels, you must rely on some of the most common signs that signify poor levels are present. Let’s take a look at what signs you should look out for. 

  1. You See Signs of Mold and Mildew

Mold growth and mildew are two big signs that there is too much humidity in your home. The corners of spaces like your kitchen, closet, and bathroom are likely spots for mold growth. Another sign of high humidity levels is an unusual amount of mildew in your bathroom. 

  1. Dry, Itchy Skin

When the winter hits and humidity levels drop, some experience dry, itchy skin that puts a damper on indoor comfort. Irritated skin is a common sign that levels of humidity in your home are too low and that you are not getting enough moisture.

  1. You’re Having Trouble Breathing

Trouble breathing is one of the more serious signs of poor indoor humidity. For those who suffer from asthma, too high of humidity inside can cause chest tightness and wheezing. Humid air can be hard to breathe in and can trap pollutants from exiting your home, triggering asthma symptoms. 

  1. You’re Not Catching Those Zzz’s 

If you’ve spent one too many sleepless nights at home, poor indoor humidity levels might be to blame. Both low and high humidity can cause sleeping issues. When you’re sweating due to too much humidity, your body is forced to work harder to evaporate sweat and cool down. When humidity is too low, you may experience bouts of coughing and throat irritation, affecting your sleep. 

  1. Your Home is Being Damaged

Have you recently noticed that your wood flooring has begun warping? Maybe the paint on your walls is starting to peel? Damage to your home and furniture are telltale signs of poor humidity levels in your home. These effects can, unfortunately, lead to costly repairs and wasted time. 

How to Achieve Normal Humidity in Your House

If you’ve been experiencing any of these signs in your home, then it is important to fix the issue for both your health and your home. At Clay’s Climate Control, we have all of the indoor air quality solutions you need to regulate your humidity levels and stay comfortable all year long. If you want cleaner, healthier indoor air, we can help supply and install the latest air filtration systems, air decontaminating UV lamps, air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and humidifiers. Contact us today to get started on improving your indoor air!


Everything You Need to Know About Ductless Systems

ductless systems

Ductless cooling and heating systems are changing the game in the world of HVAC systems. Also known as mini-split systems, ductless systems are an excellent way to provide continuous climate control to one specific area. They’re incredibly energy efficient, convenient, and best of all, practically silent! You may be wondering what exactly ductless systems are and how they work, so let’s take a look!

What are Ductless Systems?

As their name suggests, ductless systems are heating and cooling systems that do not involve ductwork. They include one outdoor and one indoor unit, connected by refrigerant tubing and electrical wiring. Ductless systems are mounted to a wall indoors, which allows you to bring constant heating and cooling to one space. In addition to their main function, ductless units can provide homeowners with an array of benefits.

What are the Benefits of Ductless Systems?

Ductless cooling and heating systems are astonishingly energy-efficient thanks to their duct-free design. With your average HVAC system, you can lose more than 25% of your heating and cooling to ductwork. When you take away the ducts, you also take away lost heating and cooling.

Ductless units have a surprisingly easy and minimal installation process. All that is required is a small hole to be drilled into your wall for the refrigerant line connecting it to your new system. Installation can be completed in just one day and won’t interrupt your daily activities. Plus, their unique design allows them to be less vulnerable to air leakage and security issues! 

Another wonderful benefit of ductless systems is their flexibility. Unlike your typical systems where temperatures are distributed throughout the entire home, ductless systems allow you to independently heat or cool one particular space. For example, if your new sunroom addition gets hotter than other rooms in your house, a ductless system can provide customized air conditioning to that specific room. Although ductless systems can be installed virtually anywhere in a home, certain homes and rooms can benefit more than any other.

Is a Ductless System Right For You?

Ductless systems are ideal for:

  • Those who live in a smaller space
  • Those who are adding a room to their home
  • Rooms with heating or cooling issues
  • Older homes with no pre-existing ductwork
  • Those who live with people with different temperature preferences

Mitsubishi Electric Ductless Systems

Interestingly, ductless systems were invented as a solution to sweltering summers in Japan. Because Japanese homes are famously small and cannot fit typical heating and cooling systems, mini-splits were created by Mitsubishi to bring homes much-needed air conditioning that fit. In the 1970s, Mitsubishi Electric Ductless systems made their way to the United States and have revolutionized heating and cooling ever since. 

Go Ductless in Your Home!

Are you ready to go ductless in your home? Clay’s Climate Control is here to help! At Clay’s Climate Control, we are proud to work with Mitsubishi’s trusted products to provide the highest quality home heating and cooling solutions possible. We are a trusted name in South Jersey because of our dedication to satisfaction and superb customer service. If you’re ready to install a new cooling and heating system in your home, go ductless with Clay’s Climate Control! Contact us today to get started!