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

Air Quality

Usually, we key in on temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than most people think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. However, it is strongly advocated that your indoor space maintains 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 takes place when you have too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, you’ve likely 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. The same thing can happen in your home. If there is too much humidity, it is harder 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 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 result in sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity is enhanced, so you’ll notice that touching some items such as doorknobs will give you a little shock.

Lack of moisture can harm the wood within your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your trim, floors and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, enhancing your risk of coming down with colds or having breathing difficulties.

What can you do?

Fortunately, 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 trouble 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 stated above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and review the humidity in your home, Forster Heating can help. You can book an appointment online or call us at 530-885-8081. Our experts will answer your questions and help you understand next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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