Ideal House Humidity Level
is the ideal house humidity level? People are generally most comfortable when
the humidity in house is between 30 percent and 50 percent. Individual
preferences may vary, of course, but many problems can occur if the humidity
level, or the amount of moisture in the air, gets too low or too high.
What Happens When The
Humidity Is Too Low?
the humidity in house falls below 30 percent:
- People often get dry, itchy, flaky skin.
- People may also get painfully chapped lips;
sometimes they even crack and bleed.
- Paint on both walls and furniture will start
to peel off.
- Wooden furniture and musical instruments
like guitars, violins, and pianos can become warped and damaged.
the humidity in your house is too low, you can purchase a humidifier, an
appliance that increases the amount of moisture in the air, to bring the
humidity up to a comfortable level.
What Happens When House
Humidity Is Too High?
the humidity in house rises above 50 percent:
- The air feels stuffy or “close.”
- People’s skin may feel moist and clammy,
which most people find uncomfortable.
- It may feel hard to breathe.
- There may be an unpleasant, musty odor in
the room (a musty odor is usually caused by mold growth).
- You may find mildew in your bathroom.
- Mold is more likely to grow in a home with
high humidity, which can cause numerous health problems including difficulty
breathing, asthma attacks, respiratory infections, and allergic reactions.
- Mold in the home can also damage household
structures and furnishings.
the humidity in your house is too high, you can purchase a dehumidifier, an
appliance that draws moisture out of the air, to reduce the humidity to a
comfortable level. Dehumidifiers are often recommended to homeowners that have
household mold problems, but even if you don’t have a mold problem, a
dehumidifier can help you keep your home comfortable.
How Do You Monitor
Your House Humidity Level?
can use an instrument known as a hygrometer to monitor the relative humidity in
your home. Some hygrometers come with multiple sensors so you can monitor the
humidity in several different rooms from one console.
preferred hygrometer is the WS-07 model by Ambient Weather. Ambient Weather
makes a number of quality products, including hygrometers, thermometers,
barometers (instruments that measure air pressure), dew point monitors, wind
meters, rain gauges, and other weather-related instruments. We like the WS-07
model hygrometer for several reasons:
- The easy-to-read console has large numerals
that can be read from across a room.
- It displays the temperature of a room as
well as the relative humidity, so it’s a two-for-one deal.
- It’s highly accurate.
- It comes with an additional sensor, allowing
you to monitor the temperature and relative humidity in two separate areas of
the home, displaying all information on one console.
- You can purchase up to seven additional
sensors, if desired, so that you can monitor the temperature and relative
humidity in up to nine different areas of the home, with all information
displayed on one console.
- The console allows you to choose how to
display information; you can have it scroll through the temperature and
relative humidity readings for each area monitored or you can display the
readings for just one area and press a button to display the readings for other
- It’s reasonably priced.
learn more, to read reviews from customers that purchased this hygrometer, or
to purchase one for your home, visit Amazon.com.
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