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

Air Quality

Usually, we key in on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than most people think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. Nevertheless, it is encouraged to make sure your house has 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 you have too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t actually felt it, you have probably at least heard about the impact humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in a spot with heightened 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 might have the ability to set your thermostat at a higher temp and still feel comfortable, which could offer energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might be a relief outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful implications inside the home. Dry air can trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and result in 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 takes a toll on the wood within your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, increasing your risk of developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

However, there are solutions out there to help you monitor and adjust 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 that can provide additional support.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want a professional to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, B&D Air Conditioning can help. You can arrange an appointment by contacting us at 928-432-6018. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you understand next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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