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

October 11, 2018

Usually, we key in on temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than most people think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. However, it is encouraged to make sure your house maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels mean? 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 been in the situation, you’ve likely at least heard about the effect humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with more humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. 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 feel good outdoors, too little humidity also has undesirable implications inside the home. Dry air can make your skin feel cold and itchy and end with sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity is enhanced, so you’ll notice that touching some items such as doorknobs will give you a little shock.

Lack of moisture takes a toll on 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?

Fortunately, there are options to help you monitor and manage 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 trouble getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers that can provide additional support.

If you experience any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want a professional to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, House of Heating Incorporated can help. You can schedule an appointment by calling us at 715-384-3163. Our experts will review your challenges and help you determine next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.