It’s all relative: what you NEED TO know about humidity
Being hot can be miserable, but when it’s humid, too? Sticky, wet, muggy, heavy – however you describe it, high humidity essentially adds a whole new level of suck to hot summer days.
In the Front Range, residents and visitors are pretty lucky when it comes to summer heat; the high altitude helps keep things relatively cool and dry. The High Country is not usually at the same risk for things like excessive temperatures and heat stroke that you might find in the city. However, the climate is changing, and things are getting warmer just about everywhere. For instance, just this weekend, Seattle – also known for its temperate climate – reached a staggering 108◦ Fahrenheit. And in places where precipitation is common, there is going to be humidity. So, regardless of where you live and what the “normal” climate is, it’s good to know what you might be up against and be prepared.
What’s Humidity and Why Does it Matter?
Ever notice how, in the summer, the air can feel cloying or heavy, and you tend to sweat more? That’s humidity. In the winter, when it’s easy to get shocked by walking across carpet in just socks, or by reaching for a doorknob? That’s also caused by humidity – or, rather, a lack of it.
Humidity is simply the water vapor floating in the air. Relative humidity refers to the amount of water vapor expressed as a percentage of the amount needed for saturation at the same temperature.
Huh? I quit math after high school.
Well, put simply, it’s about the capacity of the air to hold water as the temperature changes. As it gets warmer, the air holds more water, and the relative humidity rises. And that can affect comfort levels, especially in the absence of an air conditioning system.
But who needs air conditioning in the mountains?
So, it’s clearly very important to maintain the right level of humidity to ensure that all your systems are working properly, and the indoor air in your home is as healthy as possible.
What should household humidity levels be in the summer?
Maintaining Relative Humidity Levels Without an Air Conditioning System
And should you break down and decide to have an air conditioning system installed, All American Heating can help you find the right size and kind for your home and family. There are even solutions for homes without ductwork.
In the meantime, stay cool. And we’re here if you need help turning things down a few notches.