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

October 11, 2018

Typically, we pay attention to temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than you might believe. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. However, it is encouraged to make sure your house has a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that mean? The indoor air 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 actually felt it, you’ve likely 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 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 also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might be a relief outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful implications inside the home. Dry air can make your skin feel cold and itchy and develop sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity goes up as well, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture impacts the wood throughout your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, heightening your risk of getting a cold.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are solutions out there to help you assess and manage humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure the air in your home so you can see what the humidity levels are inside. And if you are having trouble getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help improve the situation.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs stated above, or if you want an expert to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, Uptown Heating & Cooling can help. You can arrange an appointment by calling us at 614-344-6949. Our experts will answer your questions and help you identify next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.