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

Air Quality

Typically, we focus on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you might believe. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we think of the impact humidity has when we are outdoors. However, it is strongly advocated that your indoor space holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that mean? The air in your house 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, 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 region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with increased humidity. Humidity can impact the temps in your house as well. 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 harmful 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 find yourself getting hit with little shocks every time you touch a doorknob.

Lack of moisture can harm the wood around your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim and furniture. 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?

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 to understand humidity levels. And if you are having difficulties getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers that can provide additional support.

If you see any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want an expert to come out and review the humidity in your home, C&C Refrigeration Inc. can help. You can arrange an appointment online or call us at 972-938-0033. Our experts will review your challenges and help you determine next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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