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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is encouraged to make sure your house holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels 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 your indoor air has 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 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 more humidity. Humidity can impact the temps in your house as well. 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 still feel comfortable, which could provide you with energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might be a relief outdoors, too little humidity also has negative implications inside the home. Dry air can cause your skin to be itchy and cold and result in 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 can harm the wood around your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, enhancing your risk of developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

However, there are solutions out there to help you monitor and adjust humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure 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 that can provide additional support.

If you see any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want an expert to come out and review the humidity in your home, Arrings A/C & Heating can help. You can schedule an appointment by reaching us at 281-713-8304. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you understand next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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