Do you often feel like the air is too dry, or dampness is dripping off of you? Well, the humidity levels in your home might be the culprit.
So, how do you ensure that the humidity levels in your home are perfect for your needs?
Read on to find out how to manage relative humidity levels.
Understand Humidity Measurements
First, you need to understand how to measure humidity, and what the average and ideal levels are. To measure indoor humidity, you’ll need a hygrometer.
Ideally, the humidity levels in your home should range between 50 and 30 percent, to keep your home and your family healthy, comfortable, and safe. But, that doesn’t mean that’s the case.
The average humidity differs wildly by city and state. In Birmingham, the average morning RH level is around 84, while it’s closer to 68 in Idaho.
You’ll also need to keep in mind that the humidity will change throughout the day. So, you may want to take several different temperatures before you decide to take action.
Don’t just do it on one day, too – you want to ensure that the day you chose isn’t an outlier. Ensure that you account for a stable system temperature, too.
Signs of Humidity
While you might just feel the humidity in the air, there are also signs you can watch out for to see if the humidity has spiked. This is particularly helpful for people who are particularly insensitive (or the opposite) to humidity.
If you notice fog on any of your windows, particularly in the warmer months, that’s a major sign that there’s a humidity problem in your home. People who have allergies might notice a jump in their symptoms.
If you have a home inspection (or you’re just looking around for yourself) you might come back with signs of mold or mildew. This can also be a sign that the humidity levels in your home are out of wack.
Have The Right Equipment
There are lots of different products you can use to keep your home temperate. Humidifier filters are one great option.
If humidity is an ongoing problem, you may want to invest in a whole-house de-humidification system. They can be expensive, but they’ll be cheaper than trying to buy other products that may or not work over and over again.
If your problem isn’t quite that bad, an upgraded air conditioner might work. Most air conditioners nowadays have strong humidity controls, so you’ll be able to stay cool while you cut through the humidity.
Manage Relative Humidity Today
With these tips, you’ll be able to keep the relative humidity levels in your home on point. So, start evaluating, and decide whether or not you feel that you have an issue.
Are you looking for more ways to keep your home as comfortable as possible? Take a look through a few of our other posts about home maintenance and so much more.