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

Air Quality

Usually, we focus on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than most people think. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. However, it is recommended that your home holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that 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 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 influence humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one region 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 makes it difficult 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 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 negative implications inside the home. Dry air can make your skin feel cold and itchy and result in 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 impacts the wood within your home, creating cracking and shrinking in your trim, floors and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, increasing your risk of coming down with colds or having breathing difficulties.

What can you do?

However, there are options to help you watch and manage 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 are noticing any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want an expert to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning can help. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at 800-COOLING. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you understand next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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