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How Humidity Affects Your Home Comfort

There is such a thing as healthy humidity levels. It’s possible for your home to be too dry, but it’s equally possible for your home to be too humid, and you want to strike the right balance between the two. You can keep reading to learn more about the importance of humidity in Hickory and how humidity can impact your comfort in both the summer and winter seasons.

If you’re concerned that humidity levels are too high or too low inside of your home, you can give our team a call to schedule an in-home assessment. We can talk to you about your different options for balancing humidity levels.


Humidity doesn’t increase or decrease the temperature inside your home. But humidity can impact whether the air feels hotter or cooler. Higher humidity levels can make the air feel warmer than it really is. This can be a benefit in the wintertime when temperatures are lower, but in the summer it can make the heat feel unbearable.

No matter how hard your air conditioner works, high humidity levels can make your home feel hot and muggy. In the wintertime, if air is too dry then your home may feel colder than it really is. A few degrees difference in how the air feels can make a big difference.

Too Humid Vs. Too Dry

Balanced humidity usually ranges between 30% and 50%. Anything lower than 30% is considered too dry, which can put you at risk for sinus irritation, a greater likelihood to get sick, and worse allergy symptoms. You can also suffer from dry eyes and dry skin when there isn’t enough humidity in the air.

On the other hand, too much humidity in the air is equally risky. You can overheat more easily when humidity levels are high. Plus, extra moisture in the air makes it more likely that mold will grow around your home. The spores thrive in a moist environment, and moisture can get into dark crevices and allow mold to take hold and spread.

Tips for Balancing Humidity

The good news is that there are steps that you can take to balance the humidity levels around your house. First, you have to determine whether your air tends to be too dry or too humid. Then our team can help you by installing either a dehumidifier to help lower moisture levels or a humidifier to add some moisture to the air.

You can select your own settings and the appliance will automate humidifying or dehumidifying your home to keep it comfortable all year round. Keep in mind that you may only need the humidifier or dehumidifier for part of the year. There may be seasons when your home is perfectly comfortable. The investment is still worthwhile for the times when you need a little help with balancing humidity levels.

Thank you for choosing Ace Hardware Home Services. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a humidifier or dehumidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

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