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

Air Quality

Usually, 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. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. However, it is strongly advocated that your indoor space 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 occurs when a home has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, you have probably at least heard about the impact humidity can have on how hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with increased humidity. This can happen in your house, too. If there is too much humidity, it makes it difficult 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 also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might feel good outdoors, too little humidity also has undesirable implications inside the home. Dry air can cause your skin to be itchy and cold 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 can harm the wood throughout your home, creating cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, increasing your risk of getting a cold.

What can you do?

Luckily, there are solutions out there to help you watch and adjust 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 difficulties getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers that can provide additional support.

If you see any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want a professional to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. can help. You can book an appointment online or reach us at 877-389-2465. Our experts will review your challenges and help you identify next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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