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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than you might believe. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is recommended that your home holds 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 occurs when your indoor air has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t been in the situation, you have probably at least heard about the impact 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 more humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. If there is too much humidity, it more challenging 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 maintain your home comfort, which could provide you with energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might provide a break outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful implications inside the home. Dry air can cause your skin to be itchy and cold 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 takes a toll on the wood around your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your trim, floors and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, heightening your risk of getting a cold.

What can you do?

However, there are options to help you assess and adjust 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 see 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, Strine's Heating & A/C Inc can help. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at 717-755-4127. 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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