Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than most people think. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. Nevertheless, it is recommended that your home 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 your indoor air has too much or too little humidity?
Too Much Humidity
If you haven’t experienced 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. 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 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 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 within your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, enhancing your risk of getting a cold.
What can you do?
However, there are solutions out there to help you assess and control humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure the air in your home to understand humidity levels. 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 are noticing any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and review the humidity in your home, County Line Mechanical LLC can help. You can schedule an appointment by contacting us at 717-216-0846. Our experts will review your challenges and help you determine next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.