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

October 11, 2018

Typically, we key in on temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you think. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is encouraged to make sure your house has 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 takes place when your indoor air has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, chances are you have at least heard about the influence 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 place with more humidity. This can happen in your house, too. If there is too much humidity, it makes it difficult 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 still feel comfortable, which could offer energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might be a relief outdoors, too little humidity also has undesirable 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 goes up as well, so you’ll experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture can harm the wood within your home, initiating 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 options to help you watch and adjust 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 offer a solution for getting to the right amount of humidity.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs stated above, or if you want an expert to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning can help. You can book an appointment by reaching us at 601-292-9763. Our experts will review your challenges and help you determine next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.