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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we pay attention to temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than you think. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. Nevertheless, 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, you’ve likely at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. 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 could set your thermostat at a higher temp and maintain your home comfort, which could also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might feel good outdoors, too little humidity also has negative 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 increases too, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture impacts the wood within your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, increasing your risk of getting a cold.

What can you do?

Luckily, there are options to help you monitor and control 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 trouble getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help improve the situation.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want an expert to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, Central Heating & Plumbing can help. You can book an appointment online or contact us at 724-658-7111. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you understand next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

Back To Blog