Humidifier

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

Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than most people think. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. Nevertheless, it is encouraged to make sure your house has 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 you have too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t actually felt it, you’ve likely at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with heightened humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. If there is too much humidity, it makes it difficult 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 still feel comfortable, which could offer 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, creating 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?

However, there are steps to help you assess and control 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 difficulties getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers that can provide additional support.

If you experience any of the warning signs stated above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, County Line Mechanical LLC can help. You can schedule an appointment by calling us at 717-216-0846. Our experts will answer your questions and help you identify next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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