Humidifier

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

Usually, we focus on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than most people 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. 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 takes place when your indoor air has 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 it feels outside. 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 more challenging 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 offer 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 trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and develop sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity goes up as well, so you’ll notice that touching some items such as doorknobs will give you a little shock.

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

What can you do?

However, there are solutions out there to help you monitor and adjust humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure 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 that can provide additional support.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, House of Heating Incorporated can help. You can schedule an appointment by reaching us at 715-384-3163. Our experts will review your challenges and help you identify next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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