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

Air Quality

Usually, we key in on temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house 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. However, it is encouraged to make sure your house holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that mean? The air in your house 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’ve likely at least heard about the impact humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with increased humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. If there is too much humidity, it is harder 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 offer energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might be a relief outdoors, too little humidity also has negative 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 goes up as well, 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, initiating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, increasing your risk of getting a cold.

What can you do?

However, there are solutions out there to help you monitor and adjust humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure 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 offer a solution for getting to the right amount of humidity.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want an expert to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Premier HVAC Services LLC can help. You can arrange an appointment by calling us at 717-461-8113. Our experts will answer your questions and help you understand next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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