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

October 11, 2018

Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than most people think. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. But, it is strongly advocated that your indoor space maintains a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. How do you measure those levels? The air in your house is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What happens when a home has 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 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 heightened 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 could set your thermostat at a higher temp and sustain comfort levels, 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 end with sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity is enhanced, so you’ll notice that touching some items such as doorknobs will give you a little shock.

Lack of moisture can harm the wood throughout your home, initiating cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, increasing your risk of getting a cold.

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 measure the air in your home to see what levels you are coming in at. And if you are having difficulties 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 see any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. can help. You can arrange an appointment by calling us at 570-648-0748. Our experts will answer your questions and help you determine next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.