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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than you think. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we think of the impact humidity has when we are outdoors. But, it is encouraged to make sure your house holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that mean? The air inside your home 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 been in the situation, you’ve likely at least heard about the effect humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with heightened humidity. Humidity can impact the temps in your house as well. If there is too much humidity, it more challenging 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 sustain comfort levels, which could also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might provide a break outdoors, too little humidity also has undesirable implications inside the home. Dry air can trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and develop sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity increases too, so you’ll find yourself getting hit with little shocks every time you touch a doorknob.

Lack of moisture takes a toll on the wood throughout your home, creating cracking and shrinking in your trim, floors 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?

However, there are steps to help you monitor and adjust 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, Ken Parker Service Inc can help. You can arrange an appointment online or contact us at 903-883-2829. Our experts will answer your questions and help you understand next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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