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 inside your house 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 encouraged to make sure your house maintains 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 takes place when a home 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 it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with more humidity. Humidity can impact the temps in your house as well. If there is too much humidity, it more challenging for your body to monitor internal temperatures.

Dehumidified air feels cooler, so you might have the ability to set your thermostat at a higher temp and sustain comfort levels, which could also result in 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 end with sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity is enhanced, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture can harm the wood around your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, heightening your risk of coming down with colds or having breathing difficulties.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are options to help you assess and manage humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you assess the air in your home to see what levels you are coming in at. 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 listed above, or if you want an expert 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 706-250-7539. 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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