Usually, we pay attention to temperatures when it comes to our 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 encouraged to make sure your house 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 occurs 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 place with increased humidity. Humidity can impact the temps in your house as well. If there is too much humidity, it more challenging 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 also result in 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 trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and develop 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 takes a toll on the wood throughout your home, creating cracking and shrinking in your floors, trim and furniture. 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 monitor and control 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 to help improve the situation.
If you see any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want an expert to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, Osceola Air, LLC can help. You can schedule an appointment by reaching us at 407-477-6319. Our experts will review your challenges and help you identify next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.