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

Air Quality

Typically, we pay attention to temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than you think. Generally when we hear the word humidity, we think of the impact humidity has when we are outdoors. However, it is recommended that your home 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 takes place when your indoor air has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t actually felt it, chances are you have at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how the temperatures feel outside. An 80-degree day in one region might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in place with more 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 offer energy savings.

Too Little Humidity

While drier air might feel good outdoors, too little humidity also has harmful implications inside the home. Dry air can make your skin 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 around your home, causing cracking and shrinking in your trim, floors 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 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 trouble getting in the 30 to 50 percent range for humidity, there are humidifiers and dehumidifiers that can provide additional support.

If you see any of the warning signs mentioned above, or if you want a professional to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service can help. You can arrange an appointment by calling us at 985-247-4040. Our experts will answer your questions and help you understand next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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