Humidifier

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

Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than you might believe. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable 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 experienced it, you have probably at least heard about the effect humidity can have on how hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in a spot with more humidity. Humidity can impact the temps in your house as well. If there is too much humidity, it makes it difficult 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 provide you with energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

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

Lack of moisture impacts the wood throughout your home, creating cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim and furniture. 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?

Luckily, 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 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 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 schedule an appointment by reaching us at 205-208-8090. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you determine next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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