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

Air Quality

Typically, we focus on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than most people think. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is recommended that your home holds 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 occurs when you have too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t been in the situation, you’ve likely at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with increased 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 may be able to set your thermostat at a higher temp and maintain your home comfort, which could also result in 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 end with sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity goes up as well, 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 getting a cold.

What can you do?

However, there are options to help you watch and adjust 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 difficulties 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 an expert to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, AW Heating & Air Conditioning can help. You can book an appointment by contacting us at 402-438-7992. 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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