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 within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is encouraged to make sure your house maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. How do you measure those levels? 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 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 influence 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 a spot with more humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. 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 provide you with energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might provide a break outdoors, too little humidity also has negative implications inside the home. Dry air can trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and end with sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity goes up as well, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

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

What can you do?

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

If you experience any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want an expert to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning can help. You can book an appointment online or call us at 909-982-5698. Our experts will answer your questions and help you determine next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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