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

October 11, 2018

Typically, we key in on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is recommended that your home has a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. How do you measure those levels? The air inside your home is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What happens when your indoor air has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t actually felt it, you’ve likely at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one region 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 could set your thermostat at a higher temp and sustain comfort levels, which could also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might feel good outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful 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 increases too, so you’ll notice that touching some items such as doorknobs will give you a little shock.

Lack of moisture takes a toll on 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, heightening your risk of coming down with colds or having breathing difficulties.

What can you do?

Luckily, there are options to help you assess and manage humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure the air in your home to understand humidity levels. And if you are having challenges 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 listed above, or if you want a professional to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can help. You can book an appointment by contacting us at 309-323-9584. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you determine next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.