Humidifier

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

Usually, we focus on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than you might believe. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we think of the impact humidity has when we are outdoors. Nevertheless, it is encouraged to make sure your house holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels 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 your indoor air has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t been in the situation, chances are you have 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 a spot 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 provide you with energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might feel good outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful 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 is enhanced, so you’ll notice that touching some items such as doorknobs will give you a little shock.

Lack of moisture impacts the wood within your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim 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?

However, there are solutions out there to help you monitor and manage 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 challenges 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 experience any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling can help. You can arrange an appointment by reaching us at 614-451-0846. Our experts will answer your questions and help you understand next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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