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

October 11, 2018

Usually, we pay attention to temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than most people think. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is recommended that your home maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that mean? The indoor air 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, chances are you have at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with increased 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 maintain your home comfort, which could also result in 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 end with sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity goes up as well, so you’ll notice that touching some items such as doorknobs will give you a little shock.

Lack of moisture impacts the wood within your home, creating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, enhancing your risk of developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are steps to help you assess 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 that can provide additional support.

If you experience any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want an expert to come out and review the humidity in your home, American HVAC Inc can help. You can book an appointment by contacting us at 408-215-1018. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you determine next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.