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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we pay attention to temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you think. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we think of the impact humidity has when we are outdoors. But, it is recommended that your home holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. How do you measure those levels? The air inside your home is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What happens when you have too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, you have probably at least heard about the impact humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with increased humidity. This can happen in your house, too. 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 sustain comfort levels, which could provide you with 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 trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and result in sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity goes up as well, 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, heightening your risk of developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

Luckily, there are solutions out there to help you watch and manage humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you assess the air in your home to understand humidity levels. And if you are having challenges getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help improve the situation.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs stated above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and review the humidity in your home, Colvin's Inc can help. You can arrange an appointment online or call us at 816-630-2702. Our experts will review your challenges and help you identify next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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