Control Your Home’s Humidity Level

Control Your Home's Humidity LevelKeeping healthy humidity levels inside your Martin County home is vital for promoting good indoor air quality and protecting your living space. While you may easily notice the effects of excess humidity during the summer, you may not know that humidity can be a problem in the winter as well.

Humidity levels that are too high often lead to mold growth, condensation issues, rotting or rusting areas in your home and water stain marks on walls. When humidity levels are too low, the parched environment can cause itchy and dry skin, lips, throats and eyes. Cracking and peeling paint and furniture can also occur without enough moisture in the air. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to help control your home’s humidity levels all year-long.

Monitoring Humidity Levels

According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, you should keep your humidity levels between 30 and 45 percent during the winter and between 45 and 55 percent during the summer. Installing a hygrometer can help you monitor the amount of moisture inside your home.

Increasing Humidity Levels in Your Home

  • Use a humidifier or a warm- or cold-mist vaporizer (which can also help relieve the symptoms of sinus and chest congestion) to bring more moisture into your living space.
  • Place plants in rooms that need a humidity boost.
  • Air seal the shell of your home to lower the amount of moving air in your living space.
  • Put a pot of water on your stove.

Lowering Humidity Levels in Your Home

  • Turn on your air conditioner or dehumidifier to help remove some moisture produced in the summer.
  • Put cat litter into a pan — it’s liquid-absorbing abilities can also draw moisture out of the air.
  • Use fans to increase circulation and stabilize humidity levels.
  • Start the exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen as needed.

For more tips on how to control your home’s humidity levels, please feel free to contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating in Palm Beach County anytime.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about humidity levels and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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