Is Humidity Level in the Home Important?

What effect, if any, does humidity have in your home? Quite a bit. Regardless of the climate you live in, the humidity level in your home affects your comfort, health, and the proper function of your cooling and heating system.

Managing your home’s humidity should be a priority and is especially key to meeting your family’s personal needs. Before we get into the problems and solutions, let’s cover the basics.

The Basics of Humidity

Humidity is the amount of water vapor present in the air. The correct level of humidity in the home helps you to feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The right level of humidity also ensures that your house HVAC system works efficiently. Removing unwanted moisture in the home is one of the primary functions of central HVAC system.

Humidity and Heating Units

Low Humidity primarily becomes a problem during the winter months. The reason for this is because cold air does not hold as much moisture as warm air. A dramatic drop of moisture in the air can make the home feel much cooler than the thermostat reads.

The most common problems arise in the home due to a decrease in moisture are:

  • Static electricity
  • Itchy, Dry Skin and hair
  • Susceptibility to colds and respiratory illnesses
  • Aggravated sinuses and eyes
  • Splits and cracks in wood floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Virus and germs
  • Damaged electronics

With proper humidity level management, most people are comfortable at an indoor temperature of around 71-77 degrees. If you find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat, then the humidity might be too low.

What is the Ideal Humidity Level?

The ideal temperature in your house will vary. The humidity level in the home will depend on your family’s specific preferences. The generally suggested humidity level in the home for the winter months is between 30% to 40% relative humidity. These ranges are considered to be an acceptable range for ideal comfort and air quality.

Your comfort level will depend on your individual preferences but should stay within acceptable range year round.

Humidification Strategies

Keeping the home at the correct humidity level can make a noticeable difference in the comfort level as well as control utility costs. If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, call a local ac repair company to service your residential heating unit or discuss adding a humidifier to your furnace system.

Like a dehumidifier, this appliance can be installed onto your system to add moisture to the air and help your HVAC performance. Installing a humidifier on your central heating and cooling unit helps to regulate the humidity without adding an individual humidifier unit to every room.

Advantage Air & Service can help you measure the humidity level in your home to determine if it is adequate. Our service professionals can offer affordable solutions to help improve your comfort level and maintain healthy air quality. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our professional and friendly technicians.