Humidifier

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

Typically, we pay attention to temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than you think. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. However, it is recommended that your home holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. How do you measure those levels? The air in your house 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 hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with heightened humidity. Humidity can impact the temps in your house as well. 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 maintain your home comfort, which could provide you with energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might feel good outdoors, too little humidity also has negative implications inside the home. Dry air can trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and develop 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 impacts the wood within your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, enhancing your risk of developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are options to help you assess and control 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 to help improve the situation.

If you see any of the warning signs stated above, or if you want a professional to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, True Home Heating and Air Conditioning can help. You can arrange an appointment by contacting us at 949-258-7259. Our experts will answer your questions and help you determine next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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