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The Connection Between Your Home’s Humidity and Indoor Temperature


Did you know that humidity plays a major role in how comfortable your home is? Humidity levels that are too high or too low can lead to an overall lack of comfort. However, when you find that just right level of humidity for your home, it’s like magic. 

You can keep reading to learn more about the importance of humidity and how healthy humidity levels can help your heater and your family alike. If humidity levels are off in your home, you can also learn more about solutions for having consistently balanced humidity levels.

Understanding Humidity in Your Home

There’s always some level of humidity in the air. Humidity is moisture that mixes in with the air. It’s inside and outside. Humidity levels are measured by sharing the percentage of humidity that is present in the air. Healthy humidity levels usually range between 30% and 50%. You may have a personal preference for whether you like higher or lower humidity levels within that range.

High Humidity Levels

Generally speaking, higher humidity levels make the air feel warmer than it really is. This is a huge benefit in the winter when it is cold outside. Having slightly higher humidity levels in your home can make the air feel warmer so that your heater does not have to work quite as hard.

Of course, there is such a thing as humidity that is too high, even in the winter. Humidity levels that are too high can make your air feel muggy and heavy. Instead of feeling comfortably warm, you may feel sticky. 

Low Humidity Levels

Lower humidity levels are preferable in the summer. When it’s hot outside, high humidity levels can make the heat unbearable. Lower humidity levels can make the air feel cooler even though it is hot outside. But low humidity levels in the winter make the air feel cold and dry, maybe even colder than it really is.

Humidity levels that are too low are detrimental to your health. The mucous membranes in your sinuses need some humidity in the air to stay healthy. If your sinuses dry out due to a lack of humidity in the air, you are more likely to get sick or experience allergy symptoms. 

How to Balance Humidity

If your home tends to be more or less humid than you would like, you can invest in a whole-house system for your home. If you’re looking to boost humidity, you can invest in a whole house humidifier. If you’re looking to decrease humidity, you can invest in a whole house dehumidifier.

Whatever your needs are, these systems can help to make your home more comfortable, and even make your HVAC systems more energy efficient.

Not sure which one you need? Our team can visit your home and measure the humidity levels to offer a solution that best fits your needs. Even though you can buy small portable humidifiers and dehumidifiers, whole-house options produce much better results. 

Thank you for choosing Ace Hardware Home Services. Call us today to schedule an appointment for air conditioning service.

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