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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we pay attention to temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than you might believe. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. However, it is recommended that your home holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that mean? The indoor air 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 been in the situation, you have probably at least heard about the effect humidity can have on how hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with heightened 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 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 provide a break outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful implications inside the home. Dry air can make your skin feel cold and itchy and develop 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 furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, enhancing your risk of getting a cold.

What can you do?

Luckily, there are options 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 trouble getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help improve the situation.

If you are noticing 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, Kowalski Heating & Cooling can help. You can arrange an appointment online or contact us at 724-745-7404. Our experts will review your challenges and help you understand next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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