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

October 11, 2018

Usually, we focus on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than most people think. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. However, it is encouraged to make sure your house holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. How do you measure those levels? The indoor air is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

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

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t been in the situation, you have probably at least heard about the effect humidity can have on how hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with increased 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 also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might provide a break outdoors, too little humidity also has undesirable 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 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, creating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, heightening your risk of developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are solutions out there to help you monitor and control humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you gauge 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 that can provide additional support.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want an expert to come out and review the humidity in your home, Gordon Air Conditioning can help. You can book an appointment by reaching us at 850-250-0335. Our experts will review your challenges and help you determine next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.