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 in your home play a bigger role than you might believe. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we think of the impact humidity has when we are outdoors. Nevertheless, it is recommended that your home has a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that 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 a home has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t actually felt it, you’ve likely at least heard about the impact humidity can have on how hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in a spot with heightened 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 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 feel good outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful implications inside the home. Dry air can trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and develop 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 developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are steps to help you watch and control humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure 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 offer a solution for getting to the right amount of humidity.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs stated above, or if you want an expert to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing can help. You can arrange an appointment by calling us at 661-437-3499. 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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