Humidifier

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

Oftentimes, we focus on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you think. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. But, it is strongly advocated that your indoor space maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. How do you measure those levels? 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 your indoor air has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, you have probably at least heard about the effect humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place 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 maintain your home comfort, 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 end with 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 takes a toll on the wood around your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your trim, floors and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, enhancing your risk of developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

Fortunately, 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 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 can provide additional support.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want an expert to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Gillman Heating and Air can help. You can book an appointment by reaching us at 478-202-3076. Our experts will answer your questions and help you identify next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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