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How Much Humidity Should Be in My Home?

In many parts across the nation, high levels of humidity can make a really hot summer even hotter.  It would be nice to not have to deal with humidity at all, but that simply isn’t a reality in many states.  But we can come home to a nice, comfortable home.  What you may not know is that it is actually a good thing to have some humidity in your home to prevent mold, germs, and air particles.  But how much humidity is enough and what happens if I have too much or not enough?

Low Levels of Humidity

Little to no humidity in the home can actually be detrimental to your home.  Low levels of humidity can cause your house to feel dry.  Dry air may not be good for those who suffer from asthma or other illnesses.  It can also promote the spread of viruses such as colds or even the flu.  As far as your home goes, dry air without humidity can cause cracks in wood inside the home.  Because of this, it is not recommended that you remove all or most of the humidity from your home as some are necessary.

High Levels of Humidity

While not enough humidity is not good, too much can also lead to problems.  High levels of humidity mean lots of moisture in the air.  Too much moisture will encourage the growth and spread of things such as mold, fungi, bacteria, mildew, or viruses, none of which you want inside your home.  It also makes the home uncomfortable as it can be muggy and hot.  Again, asthma sufferers can experience negative effects from too much humidity as it can worsen symptoms and make it harder to breathe.

The Right Level of Humidity

A balance of humidity is necessary for just the right air quality inside a house.  The average recommended humidity level is between 30 and 50 percent as the air will not be too dry but it also removes most of the humidity to improve comfort levels.  It is always a good idea to take into consideration the outside temperatures as you adjust the humidity levels of the home.  As the outside temperature increases, so should the humidity.  The same is true with colder weather.  As the temperature decreases, so should the humidity.  But what can you do to maintain an appropriate level of humidity inside the home?

Air Conditioning Helps With Humidity

Air conditioning units are designed to help control the humidity levels of the home.  When your ac unit and thermostat are functioning as they should, they work together to both cool the home and control humidity so you can always maintain a humidity level in the 30-50% recommended range.  If your AC unit isn’t working optimally or you suspect high or low levels of humidity inside your home, contact our skilled ac repair technicians at Comfort Experts.  We can inspect your unit, make necessary repairs, and ensure everything is in proper working order once again so you can have peace of mind that the humidity inside your house is just right this summer.