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

Air Quality

Typically, we key in on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than you think. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. Nevertheless, it is encouraged to make sure your house holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that mean? The air inside your home is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What happens when you have 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 impact humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in a spot with more humidity. This can happen in your house, too. If there is too much humidity, it is harder 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 still feel comfortable, 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 impacts the wood within your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, enhancing your risk of getting a cold.

What can you do?

However, there are solutions out there to help you watch and adjust humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you gauge 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 to help improve the situation.

If you experience any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want an expert to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can help. You can schedule an appointment by reaching us at 602-832-7808. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you determine next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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