Humidifier

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

Oftentimes, we pay attention to temperatures when considering 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 strongly advocated that your indoor space has 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 a home has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t actually felt it, chances are you have at least heard about the impact humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with heightened humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. If there is too much humidity, it more challenging for your body to monitor internal temperatures.

Dehumidified air feels cooler, so you may be able to set your thermostat at a higher temp and still feel comfortable, which could also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might provide a break outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful implications inside the home. Dry air can cause your skin to be itchy and cold and end with 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 around your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, increasing your risk of getting a cold.

What can you do?

However, there are steps to help you monitor and manage humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you gauge 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 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 professional to come out and review the humidity in your home, Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling can help. You can arrange an appointment by reaching us at 515-207-6569. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you understand next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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