Why is the right amount of humidity so important for your home?

Air Quality

Typically, we key in on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than you might believe. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. Nevertheless, it is strongly advocated that your indoor space maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. How do you measure those levels? The indoor air is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What occurs when a home has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, you have probably at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with heightened humidity. Humidity can impact the temps in your house as well. If there is too much humidity, it makes it difficult for your body to monitor internal temperatures.

Dehumidified air feels cooler, so you may be able to set your thermostat at a higher temp and maintain your home comfort, which could provide you with energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might be a relief outdoors, too little humidity also has negative implications inside the home. Dry air can make your skin feel cold and itchy and result in sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity goes up as well, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture impacts the wood throughout your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, increasing your risk of developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are steps to help you assess and manage humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you assess the air in your home to see what levels you are coming in at. And if you are having difficulties getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help improve the situation.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want a professional to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Assured Appliance and Heating & Air can help. You can book an appointment online or call us at 847-293-0047. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you identify next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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