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 you think. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. But, it is strongly advocated that your indoor space holds 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 occurs when you have too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t been in the situation, chances are you have at least heard about the effect humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with more humidity. Humidity can impact the temps in your house as well. If there is too much humidity, it is harder for your body to monitor internal temperatures.

Dehumidified air feels cooler, so you could set your thermostat at a higher temp and still feel comfortable, which could provide you with 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 result in sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity increases too, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture can harm the wood within your home, creating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, heightening your risk of getting a cold.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are steps to help you monitor and manage 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 offer a solution for getting to the right amount of humidity.

If you experience any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and review the humidity in your home, Central Air Inc can help. You can schedule an appointment by reaching us at 503-389-5307. Our experts will answer your questions and help you understand next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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