Humidifier

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

Usually, we focus on temperatures when it comes to our home comfort, but the humidity levels in your home play a bigger role than you might believe. Usually 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. What exactly does that mean? The air inside your home is holding between 30 to 50 percent of the maximum amount of moisture it can hold.

What occurs when a home has too much or too little humidity?

Too Much Humidity

If you haven’t been in the situation, you’ve likely at least heard about the influence humidity can have on how hot the weather feels. An 80-degree day in one location might feel cooler than an 80-degree day in an environment with more humidity. This can happen in your house, too. If there is too much humidity, it makes it difficult 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 be a relief outdoors, too little humidity also has negative implications inside the home. Dry air can cause your skin to be itchy and cold 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 can harm the wood within 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 getting a cold.

What can you do?

However, there are solutions out there to help you monitor and control humidity levels in the home. A smart thermostat can help you gauge the air in your home to see what levels you are coming in at. 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 mentioned above, or if you want a professional to come out and assess the humidity levels in your home, The Frazier Company can help. You can book an appointment by calling us at 402-896-5900. Our experts will answer your questions and help you understand next steps for attaining the best humidity level for your home comfort.

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