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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than you might believe. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is strongly advocated that your indoor space 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 occurs when a home has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t actually felt it, you have probably at least heard about the effect humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. 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 still feel comfortable, which could provide you with 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 make your skin feel cold and itchy and result in 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 impacts the wood around your home, causing 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?

Luckily, there are solutions out there to help you watch and control humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure the air in your home to see what levels you are coming in at. 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 experience any of the warning signs stated above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and review the humidity in your home, KDM Service Corporation can help. You can arrange an appointment online or reach us at 205-758-2703. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you identify next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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