Keeping your home comfortable isn’t about simply pumping cool or warm air into rooms. Controlling your home’s comfort is also about maintaining an effective humidity level. Many people, however, don’t realize that they need to make sure their homes have the proper humidity levels throughout the year. You probably notice humidity most during the summer when high levels of humidity can make warm days feel even warmer. You feel hotter on humid days since moisture in the air prevents your body from cooling itself. Ideally, your body keeps itself cool by sweating.
As the sweat evaporates, the sweat leaves a cool sensation on your skin. When high humidity is present, however, your sweat doesn’t evaporate as easily. You’re left feeling sticky and uncomfortable. Humidity also plays a role in your comfort during the winter months. Since winter air holds less water during summer, the low moisture levels can leach moisture from your skin. As your skin gets dry, you’re left feeling itchy. If you continue living in a low-humidity environment, your skin can eventually become cracked. Applying a daily moisturizer helps, but you won’t be able to find a substitute for maintaining the right level of humidity in your home.
Now that you know more about monitoring humidity levels in your home, check out the following infographic, originally syndicated by Ross & Witmer, to take control of the moisture in the air inside your home. Discover some useful ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality, plus tips for setting your thermostat appropriately for the seasons.