Usually, we pay attention to temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. Nevertheless, it is recommended that your home holds 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 happens when you have too much or too little humidity?
Too Much Humidity
If you haven’t actually felt it, you’ve likely at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how hot it feels outside. An 80-degree day in one region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment 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 might have the ability to 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 harmful implications inside the home. Dry air can cause your skin to be itchy and cold and develop 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 impacts 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 getting a cold.
What can you do?
Luckily, there are steps to help you watch and manage 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 to help improve the situation.
If you experience any of the warning signs listed above, or if you want a qualified technician to come out and review the humidity in your home, Three Rivers Heating & Cooling can help. You can book an appointment by calling us at 503-213-4433. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you understand next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.