Oftentimes, we focus on temperatures as it relates to 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 narrow in on the weather outside. However, it is encouraged to make sure your house maintains 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 happens when you have too much or too little humidity?
Too Much Humidity
If you haven’t been in the situation, chances are you have at least heard about the effect 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 a spot with increased 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 could set your thermostat at a higher temp and still feel comfortable, which could provide you with energy savings.
Too Little Humidity
While drier air might feel good outdoors, too little humidity also has undesirable implications inside the home. Dry air can trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and develop 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 impacts the wood around your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim 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?
However, there are solutions out there to help you assess and manage humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you assess 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 can provide additional support.
If you experience any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want an expert to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Dearing's Service & Solutions can help. You can book an appointment by calling us at 812-200-5844. Our experts will review your challenges and help you determine next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.