How to Fix Problems with Home Humidity Levels
When it comes to home humidity levels, homeowners are put in a bit of a Goldilocks position. Too high and they could cause mold problems. Too low and air becomes irritating. But when humidity levels are just right, your home will be a healthier, more comfortable place for you and your family.
Every so often, the home cleaning professionals at Maid Right® come in contact with homes where humidity has become a major problem. Even after treatment with our EnviroShield® bacteria-fighting system and our HEPA air-filtration vacuums, these homes still create significant health issues for their residents.
To help you avoid these issues, here’s what you should know about home humidity levels and how to fix home humidity problems.
Why Humidity Can Be a Problem
Some homeowners don’t think much about humidity. After all, what’s the worst a little moisture or dry air can do? Unfortunately, moisture and dry air can both have serious consequences for your health.
In high-humidity situations, it is much easier for mold and bacteria to take hold and breed. As mold and/or bacteria spread, they enter the air and get breathed in by you and your family. This can lead to a range of symptoms, and the consequences can be severe for young children or those with breathing issues.
In low-humidity situations, the lack of moisture can irritate your breathing passages and cause your skin to dry out. Low humidity levels often cause chapped lips, flaking skin, itchy eyes, and irritated nostrils. They can also compromise your immune system and lead to breathing problems if you have a respiratory disorder or disability.
Fixing Humidity Problems
The ideal humidity level for any indoor space is between 35% and 50%. Most people will find it hard to tell if their home is in this range. If you’re concerned about humidity, you may consider purchasing a hygrometer, a tool used to measure humidity levels. Most inexpensive models will do fine for measuring your home. Make sure to measure rooms separately, since areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens tend to have higher humidity levels.
If any part of your home is outside the 35% to 50% range, you may want to take corrective action. A humidifier can help you correct low humidity levels, and it typically an inexpensive investment. The best way to correct high humidity levels is to improve ventilation in your home, but this can be a costly fix. You might also consider installing a dehumidifier in problem areas.