Humidifier

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

Typically, we focus on 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 recommended that your home holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels mean? The indoor air is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What occurs 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 provide you with 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 result in sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity increases too, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture takes a toll on 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, increasing your risk of getting a cold.

What can you do?

Luckily, there are steps 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 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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