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 within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you might believe. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. Nevertheless, it is encouraged to make sure your house 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 occurs when your indoor air 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 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 heightened humidity. This can happen in your house, too. 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 offer 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 make your skin feel cold and itchy and end with 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 can harm the wood around your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, heightening your risk of coming down with colds or having breathing difficulties.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are options to help you assess and manage humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you assess the air in your home so you can see what the humidity levels are inside. And if you are having challenges getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers that can provide additional support.

If you see any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want a professional to come out and review the humidity in your home, Durable Service can help. You can arrange an appointment by calling us at 308-832-4327. Our experts will answer your questions and help you identify next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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