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

Air Quality

Typically, 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. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we think of the impact humidity has when we are outdoors. Nevertheless, it is encouraged to make sure your house has 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 a home has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, you have probably at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in a spot with heightened 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 could set your thermostat at a higher temp and maintain your home comfort, which could also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might be a relief outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful 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 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 coming down with colds or having breathing difficulties.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are solutions out there to help you monitor 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 difficulties 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 a qualified technician to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Cooler Tymes LLC can help. You can schedule an appointment by contacting us at 623-208-6444. Our experts will review your challenges and help you identify next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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