Humidifier

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

Usually, we focus on 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 narrow in on the weather outside. But, it is encouraged to make sure your house 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 takes place when your indoor air 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 effect 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 an environment with increased humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. 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 still feel comfortable, 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 develop sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity goes up as well, 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 developing a cold or breathing challenges.

What can you do?

However, there are steps to help you watch 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 trouble getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help improve the situation.

If you are noticing any of the warning signs stated above, or if you want a professional to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Temp Control of Vero Beach can help. You can book an appointment by calling us at 772-232-7649. Our experts will listen to your concerns and help you understand next steps for achieving the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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