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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we key in on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels within your indoor environment play a bigger role than you might believe. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we jump to the idea of undesirable weather outside. Nevertheless, it is recommended that your home has 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 experienced it, chances are you have 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 more 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 may be able to set your thermostat at a higher temp and sustain comfort levels, which could offer energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might provide a break outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful implications inside the home. Dry air can cause your skin to be itchy and cold and end with sore throats and chapped lips. The amount of static electricity increases too, 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 floors, trim and furniture. The dry air also affects your body’s mucous membranes, increasing your risk of coming down with colds or having breathing difficulties.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are steps to help you assess and control humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you assess the air in your home to see what levels you are coming in at. And if you are having challenges 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 mentioned above, or if you want an expert to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, Schagrin Gas Company can help. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at 302-658-2000. 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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