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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures when considering home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than you think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. But, it is strongly advocated that your indoor space has a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. What do those levels 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 a home has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, you’ve likely at least heard about the impact 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 a spot with more humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. If there is too much humidity, it makes it difficult 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 maintain your home comfort, which could also result in energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might feel good outdoors, too little humidity also has negative implications inside the home. Dry air can trigger your skin to feel cold and itchy and result in sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity is enhanced, so you’ll find yourself getting hit with little shocks every time you touch a doorknob.

Lack of moisture impacts the wood around your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your furniture, trim and even floors. 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?

Fortunately, there are options to help you monitor and adjust humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you assess 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 review the humidity in your home, Quality Refrigeration can help. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at 410-355-6010. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you understand next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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