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

Air Quality

Typically, we focus on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than you think. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. Nevertheless, it is encouraged to make sure your house has a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What exactly does that mean? The air in your house 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 been in the situation, you have probably at least heard about the effect humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one area might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with increased humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. If there is too much humidity, it is harder 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 offer 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 make your skin feel cold and itchy 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 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 developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

Fortunately, 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 to understand humidity levels. And if you are having difficulties 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 professional to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, WM J Kraus & Son can help. You can schedule an appointment online or contact us at 319-524-3714. Our experts will answer your questions and help you identify next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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