Going from dry outdoors to a dry-air indoors might feel stale and uncomfortable. The same issue is when you live somewhere humid and your home feels like a steam room. There has to be a healthy and happy medium for your home.
An overabundance of humidity might be good for the skin, but it’s not the healthiest for you and the structural integrity of your home — toxic mold isn’t a good look.
Keep reading to get a better idea of what the ideal humidity is for your home and how to control moisture levels for a more safe and comfortable abode.
How Much Humidity is Safe for My Home?
Creating an enjoyable home for your family and guests means taking into consideration the ideal humidity level. On average, humidity levels between 30% and 50% are considered the sweet spot; any more and you’ll probably begin feeling hot and icky.
Too much humidity also may cause anyone with asthma to experience difficulty breathing. Toxic mold may occur when your indoor humidity levels are above 60%. When humidity passes 70%, you’re at the greatest risk of toxic mold developing.
Signs that your humidity is beyond a safe amount:
- Built-up condensation on glass surfaces
- A mildew smell absorbed by fabrics
- Mold spores growing on the walls
- Wood or stucco materials crumble easily
- Paint chips off easily
- Allergies worsen
- An increase in dust mites or other pests that are drawn to humidity
- Night sweats
- Food spoils faster when left out overnight
How Can I Control Indoor Moisture?
There are ways to test and control for excessive indoor moisture levels.
One of the best ways to measure humidity in your home is through a hygrometer, a measuring device to report humidity levels. Home improvement stores usually carry these devices. Obviously, should the outdoor climate be increased in humidity, you’ll see this directly impact your indoor humidity.
An anti-humidifier or dehumidifier is often used to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. You’ll want to invest in one that covers the square footage you need.
Improving your home’s airflow will keep humidity from sticking to the infrastructure of your home. Decreasing water vapor concentration in bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, etc. is worth the effort. Open windows, turn on your ceiling fans to push humidity out, and cook with the exhaust fans and other dehumidifier devices on.
Clean up Wet Spots Right Away
It’s best to dry up wet areas right away when fighting humidity buildup. Take wet shower towels outside to air dry and clean up any large spills immediately.
Decreasing the moisture level in your home is possible with a little attention to the small things that add up to a bigger issue. In some cases, you may need the help of professionals, who can ensure that any toxic mold and mildew are properly detected and removed without resulting in health complications for your family.
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