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

Air Quality

Oftentimes, we focus on temperatures as it relates to home comfort, but the humidity levels inside your house play a bigger role than most people think. Normally when we hear the word humidity, we narrow in on the weather outside. However, 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 occurs when your indoor air has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t experienced it, 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 a spot with heightened humidity. The same thing can happen in your home. If there is too much humidity, it more challenging 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 sustain comfort levels, which could provide you with 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 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 experience more shocks when touching doorknobs and other items.

Lack of moisture takes a toll on the wood around your home, creating cracking and shrinking in your trim, floors 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 options to help you assess and adjust humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you gauge the air in your home to understand humidity levels. And if you are having challenges 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 mentioned above, or if you want an expert to come out and check out your home’s humidity levels, Ocean Air Conditioning can help. You can schedule an appointment by calling us at 949-525-9119. Our experts will answer your questions and help you determine next steps for reaching the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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