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

October 11, 2018

Usually, we key in on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than you think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we think of the impact humidity has when we are outdoors. However, it is recommended that your home has a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that mean? 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 effect humidity can have on how hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with more humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. If there is too much humidity, it is harder for your body to monitor internal temperatures.

Dehumidified air feels cooler, so you might have the ability to set your thermostat at a higher temp and sustain comfort levels, which could also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might provide a break outdoors, too little humidity also has undesirable implications inside the home. Dry air can cause your skin to be itchy and cold and develop sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity increases too, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture impacts the wood within 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 solutions out there to help you monitor and adjust humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you assess the air in your home to understand humidity levels. And if you are having challenges getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help improve the situation.

If you see any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can help. You can schedule an appointment by reaching us at 727-369-6195. Our experts will answer your questions and help you determine next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.