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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we focus on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than most people think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. Nevertheless, 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 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 effect humidity can have on how hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with increased 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 may be able to 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 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 result in sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity is enhanced, 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 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 assess and manage humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure 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 offer a solution for getting to the right amount of humidity.

If you experience any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. can help. You can arrange an appointment by reaching us at 918-534-8286. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you identify next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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