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

October 11, 2018

Usually, we focus on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than most people think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is strongly advocated that your indoor space has 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 takes place when your indoor air has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, you have probably at least heard about the impact humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with heightened humidity. This can happen in your house, too. If there is too much humidity, it is harder 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 undesirable 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 increases too, so you’ll notice that touching some items such as doorknobs will give you a little shock.

Lack of moisture takes a toll on the wood throughout your home, creating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, enhancing your risk of developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

Luckily, there are options to help you monitor and control humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you assess the air in your home to understand humidity levels. And if you are having trouble 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 a qualified technician to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, True Temp Heating & Air Inc can help. You can schedule an appointment by reaching us at 706-695-7492. Our experts will review your challenges and help you identify next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.