Indoor Humidity Levels For Your Home
Posted on January 17th, 2017 by BlueMountain
Maintaining proper indoor air quality is just as important as keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In order to live in a comfortable, healthy space, your indoor humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent. Learn how to measure your humidity so you can keep the moisture in your home under control.
How to measure indoor humidity levels:
Use these signs to help you figure out if the humidity levels in your home are too low or too high.
You can also control and monitor these levels using a humidistat.
– Fogging and condensation accumulation on windows, as well as, moisture and mold occurring on walls and ceilings are indications of too much humidity.
– Increased static electricity and cracking paint indicates low humidity levels.
When your home has too much humidity it will create condensation from the high levels of heat and moisture. If a home does not have the proper ventilation, the water vapor can travel through walls and ceilings, causing wet insulation, peeling paint, and mold.
– Turn down or turn off your humidifier.
– Use exhaust fans or open a window while cooking and bathing.
– Reduce the amount of water inside your home – cook with covered pots, take shorter showers, and reduce the amount of plants.
Low humidity causes dry skin and hair and increases your susceptibility to colds and illnesses. Wood floors, furniture, and paint can split and crack, your electronics can also become damaged as well. Adding a humidifier to your home will help remedy these problems.
1. Evaporation – This is a low-tech and low-power method. It can be as simple as adding a source of water next to or on top of a radiator. However the strength and humidity controls are limited.
2. Portable/Room – The most common type of humidifier is a portable one. There are two types, a cool mist and a warm mist. They are easy to use, they have a variety of styles, and they are reasonably priced.
3. Whole House – This is the most controllable humidity system. It has the greatest humidification capacity and is the most consistent.
At Blue Mountain Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, your comfort is our number one priority. We offer indoor air quality services that include air purification and filtration, air-to-air exchanger, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, and more. We proudly serve Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, and Staunton, Virginia. Call 877-280-5777 to learn more or to schedule a service.