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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we focus on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than you think. Usually when we hear the word humidity, we think of the impact humidity has when we are outdoors. However, it is recommended that your home maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. How do you measure those levels? The indoor air is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What occurs when your indoor air has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, you have probably at least heard about the impact humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one region 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 is harder 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 still feel comfortable, which could provide you with 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 cause your skin to be itchy and cold and result in sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity increases too, so you’ll find yourself getting hit with little shocks every time you touch a doorknob.

Lack of moisture can harm the wood throughout your home, initiating 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?

However, there are options to help you monitor 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 difficulties getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers that can provide additional support.

If you see any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want an expert to come out and review the humidity in your home, Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd. can help. You can book an appointment online or reach us at 204-728-0180. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you understand next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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