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

October 11, 2018

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 might believe. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is recommended that your home holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that mean? The indoor air 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 impact 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 a spot 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 may be able to set your thermostat at a higher temp and still feel comfortable, which could also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might be a relief outdoors, too little humidity also has negative implications inside the home. Dry air can cause your skin to be itchy and cold and develop sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity increases too, 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 furniture, trim and even floors. 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 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 offer a solution for getting to the right amount of humidity.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want a professional to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, Colvin's Heating and Cooling can help. You can arrange an appointment by calling us at 816-379-3918. Our experts will answer your questions and help you identify next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.