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

October 11, 2018

Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures when it comes to our 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 narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is encouraged to make sure your house maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. How do you measure those levels? 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’ve likely at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in a spot with increased humidity. This can happen in your house, too. 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 sustain comfort levels, which could also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might provide a break outdoors, too little humidity also has negative implications inside the home. Dry air can trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and develop sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity increases too, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture can harm the wood throughout 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 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 measure the air in your home so you can see what the humidity levels are inside. 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 professional to come out and review the humidity in your home, Central Air LLC can help. You can arrange an appointment by contacting us at 203-357-5913. Our experts will answer your questions and help you determine next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.