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

Air Quality

Usually, we focus on temperatures when it comes to our 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. 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, 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 increased humidity. This can happen in your house, too. 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 increases too, so you’ll notice that touching some items such as doorknobs will give you a little shock.

Lack of moisture can harm the wood around your home, causing 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?

However, there are steps to help you monitor and adjust humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure the air in your home to see what levels you are coming in at. 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 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 arrange an appointment online or reach us at 888-384-3163. 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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