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 inside your house play a bigger role than you might believe. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. Nevertheless, it is strongly advocated that your indoor space maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels mean? The air inside your home 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 experienced it, chances are you have at least heard about the impact humidity can have on how hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with more 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 could set your thermostat at a higher temp and sustain comfort levels, which could offer energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might feel good outdoors, too little humidity also has undesirable implications inside the home. Dry air can cause your skin to be itchy and cold and result in 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, initiating 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?

Fortunately, there are options to help you monitor and adjust humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you assess 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 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, Hammack Service Company can help. You can arrange an appointment by reaching us at 972-351-8874. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you identify next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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