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

Air Quality

Typically, we focus on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than most people think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. But, it is encouraged to make sure your house maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels mean? The indoor air is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What occurs 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 the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with increased 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 maintain your home comfort, which could offer 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 make your skin feel cold and itchy and result in 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 can harm the wood within your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. 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?

Fortunately, 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 trouble getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help improve the situation.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. can help. You can book an appointment by contacting us at 714-855-1717. 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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