How Humidity Levels Can Affect Your Home’s Temperature

Humidity plays a huge part in how comfortable residents remain inside their home. The number one way to combat excessive humidity is through air conditioning.  And yet, it is good to know what role humidity plays in maintaining certain temperatures and adding comfort to the resident.

A basic definition of humidity is easy to digest: The term simply represents the amount of moisture in the air of a given or measurable space.  “Space” is mentioned here because in your house humidity can vary – slightly at least -from room to room.  If you are running a hot stove in your kitchen, for instance, it can dry the air to some degree, while simply running a television in another space of the house does little to alter the natural humidity level of that area.

So how does humidity affect your home’s temperature?  

From a purely scientific standpoint, the more humid the air, the warmer a person feels.  The actual temperature may not be altered by the higher humidity number, but to the average person it can sure feel like it. This principle can also work in reverse.  Low humidity levels can make a person feel as if the temperature inside the room is cooler.  So, in summer months, when it is already humid enough outside, lower the humidity setting on your thermostat to avoid having to drop the temperature to get comfortable.

Another factor you should consider: you should pay attention to how much air seeps into the house from the outside.  Depending on the humidity level of the air outside, air squeezing in through vents, cracks, defects in a home’s exterior, and misaligned doorways will impact the humidity level of your home – how much depends on how large the defects are.  For example, a window that doesn’t close all of the way may allow a significant quantity of humid air from a hot summer day to enter the home. This can cause the humidity levels to rise in the home.

Of course, homeowners who want greater control over the humidity level inside need to limit the opening and closing of doorways to the outside.  Again, a/c, when properly functioning, will be your best agent for reducing humidity and improving the air quality inside.

 

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