What Should Ideal Indoor Humidity Be?

Chillier weather is known for causing dry air inside your house. As humidity levels in the U.S. are typically reduced in the fall and winter, drier air can cause in dry skin, itchy eyes and a scratchy throat. 

When you’re using your furnace, it’s critical to keep your home’s humidity in check for optimal comfort. Let’s review what the normal indoor humidity should be in the U.S. and how you can get it. 

The Mayo Clinic suggests setting your home’s humidity. During this appointment, our Experts will check humidity levels, look at your current heating and cooling equipment and give options. 

These recommendations can incorporate a whole-home humidifier. This system works with your furnace to provide even humidity throughout your whole house. It’s better than a portable humidifier, which is limited to humidifying one area at a time. And these humidifiers can make a mess, spilling water as you transfer them from room to room. 

4 Symptoms That Your Residence’s Indoor Humidity Is Out of Balance 

When the humidity in your home is wrong, it can cause a few issues. Here are a couple of symptoms that your residence’s humidity is off. 

  1. You aren’t sleeping great. The National Sleep Foundation says extremely dry air can make you more vulnerable to getting sick, because your nasal passages get parched. And being ill means you often won’t sleep very well. The dry air can also cause your throat to feel scratchy and make it more difficult for you to slumber. It can also make snoring worse. 
  1. You’re constantly getting zapped. Dry air causes increased static electricity. You can keep the shocks managed by keeping your house’s humidity level. 
  1. Your wood cabinets, flooring or furniture is splintering or looks damaged. Air that’s too arid can destroy wooden belongings, because it draws out moisture. Using a whole-home humidifier can keep your belongings and home looking good. 
  1. Your skin seems dry and scratchy. If you’re requiring a lot of lotion but your skin still appears scratchy when you’re inside, humidity levels can be the problem. Insubstantial humidity can also make your lips crack and contribute to coughing. 

How to Cure Problems Caused by Your Home’s Dry Air 

As we discussed previously, installing a humidifier at 866-397-3787 to set up your free home comfort assessment now. 

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