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

Air Quality

Usually, we focus on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than most people think. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. Nevertheless, it is encouraged to make sure your house holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels mean? The indoor air is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What happens when a home has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t actually felt it, you’ve likely at least heard about the impact 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 an environment with heightened humidity. Humidity can impact the temps in your house as well. If there is too much humidity, it more challenging 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 maintain your home comfort, which could offer energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might provide a break outdoors, too little humidity also has undesirable implications inside the home. Dry air can cause your skin to be itchy and cold and end with sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity goes up as well, so you’ll find yourself getting hit with little shocks every time you touch a doorknob.

Lack of moisture can harm the wood within your home, creating cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim 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?

However, there are steps to help you assess and adjust 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 trouble 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 stated above, or if you want an expert to come out and review the humidity in your home, Dave's Diversified Services can help. You can book an appointment by calling us at 540-369-3971. Our experts will review your challenges and help you understand next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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