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

October 11, 2018

Oftentimes, we focus on temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you think. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. However, it is recommended that your home maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. How do you measure those levels? The air inside your home is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What occurs when your indoor air has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t actually felt it, you’ve likely at least heard about the impact humidity can have on how hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with more humidity. This can happen in your house, too. If there is too much humidity, it makes it difficult 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 maintain your home comfort, which could offer energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might be a relief 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 is enhanced, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture can harm the wood around your home, creating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, increasing your risk of getting a cold.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are solutions out there to help you monitor and manage humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure the air in your home so you can see what the humidity levels are inside. 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 experience any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want an expert to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can help. You can book an appointment by calling us at 727-369-6195. Our experts will review your challenges and help you understand next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.