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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we pay attention to temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than you might believe. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. Nevertheless, 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 takes place when you have too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, chances are you have at least heard about the impact humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one region 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 may be able to set your thermostat at a higher temp and sustain comfort levels, 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 trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and end with 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 within 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 developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

Luckily, there are solutions out there to help you assess and control humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you assess the air in your home so you can see what the humidity levels are inside. 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 are noticing any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want an expert to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can help. You can arrange an appointment online or reach us at 727-398-5515. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you determine next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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