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

Air Quality

Usually, we focus on temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you think. Generally 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. What exactly does that mean? 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, you’ve likely at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one location 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 might have the ability to set your thermostat at a higher temp and sustain comfort levels, which could offer 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 goes up as well, so you’ll find yourself getting hit with little shocks every time you touch a doorknob.

Lack of moisture impacts the wood throughout your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, increasing your risk of developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

However, there are solutions out there to help you watch and manage humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you gauge 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 see any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want a professional to come out and review the humidity in your home, Premium Air Services LLC can help. You can arrange an appointment online or call us at 713-688-8784. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you identify next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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