Well, not really. In fact, ASHRAE admits that during the first 100 years of its history, “Humidity control in commercial buildings received much less attention than temperature control.”
It’s easy to see why. Temperature is not only easier to control than humidity, it is more visible. Building tenants and homeowners know when they see 70∞F on their thermostat that it is an understandable definition of their comfort. Many fewer know much about proper levels of relative humidity. Just as with indoor air quality, few building tenants are willing to pay more for something they have a hard time grasping the intricacies of.