Humidifier

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

Oftentimes, we focus on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you might believe. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we think of the impact humidity has when we are outdoors. However, it is recommended that your home has 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 a home has 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 influence humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with more 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 could set your thermostat at a higher temp and still feel comfortable, which could also result in 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 cause your skin to be itchy and cold and result in sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity goes up as well, so you’ll find yourself getting hit with little shocks every time you touch a doorknob.

Lack of moisture can harm the wood throughout your home, creating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, increasing your risk of coming down with colds or having breathing difficulties.

What can you do?

Fortunately, 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 to help improve the situation.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs stated above, or if you want a professional to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, McFadden Heating & Cooling can help. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-866-781-0111. Our experts will review your challenges and help you determine next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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