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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures as it relates to 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. But, it is recommended that your home maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels mean? The air in your house 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’ve likely at least heard about the influence 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 more humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. 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 harmful implications inside the home. Dry air can make your skin feel cold and itchy and develop sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity goes up as well, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

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

What can you do?

Luckily, there are solutions out there to help you monitor 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 to help improve the situation.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want an expert to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. can help. You can arrange an appointment online or contact us at 630-833-1100. Our experts will review your challenges and help you determine next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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