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

October 11, 2018

Usually, we focus on temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than you think. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. Nevertheless, it is recommended that your home maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that mean? The air inside your home 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 actually felt it, you have probably at least heard about the effect humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with increased humidity. Humidity can impact the temps in your house as well. If there is too much humidity, it is harder for your body to monitor internal temperatures.

Dehumidified air feels cooler, so you could set your thermostat at a higher temp and maintain your home comfort, which could offer energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might feel good 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 goes up as well, so you’ll notice that touching some items such as doorknobs will give you a little shock.

Lack of moisture impacts the wood around 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 getting a cold.

What can you do?

Luckily, there are solutions out there to help you monitor and control humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you gauge the air in your home to see what levels you are coming in at. 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 an expert to come out and review the humidity in your home, HCE Systems Inc can help. You can book an appointment by contacting us at 276-302-0076. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you determine next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.