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

Air Quality

Typically, we key in on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you might believe. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we think of the impact humidity has when we are outdoors. But, it is encouraged to make sure your house maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels mean? The air in your house 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 experienced it, you’ve likely at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in a spot 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 could set your thermostat at a higher temp and maintain your home comfort, which could offer 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 trigger your skin to 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 can harm the wood around your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, heightening your risk of getting a cold.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are steps to help you watch 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 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 assess the humidity levels in your home, American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning can help. You can arrange an appointment by reaching us at 818-275-0897. Our experts will answer your questions and help you understand next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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