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 might believe. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. However, it is encouraged to make sure your house has a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels mean? The air in your house is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What occurs when you have too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, chances are you have at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one region 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 may be able to set your thermostat at a higher temp and still feel comfortable, which could provide you with 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 end with sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity increases too, so you’ll find yourself getting hit with little shocks every time you touch a doorknob.

Lack of moisture takes a toll on the wood throughout 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 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 gauge the air in your home to see what levels you are coming in at. And if you are having challenges 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 an expert to come out and review the humidity in your home, Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can help. You can schedule an appointment online or reach us at 334-524-2458. Our experts will answer your questions and help you understand next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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