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

Air Quality

Typically, we pay attention to temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you might believe. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we think of the impact humidity has when we are outdoors. Nevertheless, it is recommended that your home holds a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels mean? The indoor air is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What happens when you have too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t actually felt it, chances are you have at least heard about the effect humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with increased humidity. This can happen in your house, too. 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 harmful 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 goes up as well, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture takes a toll on the wood around your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your trim, floors and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, enhancing your risk of coming down with colds or having breathing difficulties.

What can you do?

Luckily, there are solutions out there to help you assess and manage humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you measure 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 that can provide additional support.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want a professional to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc can help. You can book an appointment by calling us at 772-205-3269. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you understand next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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