Humidifier

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

Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home 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 encouraged to make sure your house 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 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 location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with more 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 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 be a relief outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful implications inside the home. Dry air can cause your skin to be itchy and cold 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 around your home, initiating 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 solutions out there to help you watch and control 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 challenges getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help improve the situation.

If you experience any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want a professional to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company can help. You can arrange an appointment by calling us at 630-570-0252. Our experts will answer your questions and help you identify next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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