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

Air Quality

Usually, we pay attention to temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home 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 recommended that your home 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 takes place when a home has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, chances are you have 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 more humidity. This can happen in your house, too. If there is too much humidity, it more challenging 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 sustain comfort levels, which could also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might be a relief outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful 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 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 within your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your trim, floors 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 steps to help you monitor 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 that offer a solution for getting to the right amount of humidity.

If you see any of the warning signs stated above, or if you want a professional to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Alltemp Comfort Services LLC can help. You can arrange an appointment by calling us at 803-220-0753. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you identify next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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