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

Air Quality

Typically, we pay attention to temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you might believe. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. However, it is encouraged to make sure your house has a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. How do you measure those levels? The indoor air is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What happens when you have 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 influence 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 place with more 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 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 undesirable implications inside the home. Dry air can trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and result in sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity increases too, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture impacts the wood within your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your trim, floors and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, enhancing your risk of coming down with colds or having breathing difficulties.

What can you do?

Luckily, there are options to help you monitor and control humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure the air in your home so you can see what the humidity levels are inside. And if you are having trouble 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 mentioned above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, Nisair Air Conditioning can help. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at 772-318-4252 . Our experts will review your challenges and help you identify next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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