Moisture is necessary for our comfort and our health. However, excessive or lack of moisture can cause all sorts of health problems for the homeowners. A lack of moisture can cause irritation in the throat and nose, dry skin and chapped lips. On the other hand, when there is too much moisture in a house, you’ll often notice moisture and mold stains on the walls, ceilings and in the bathroom. Mold causes a bad odor and allergies. Improve your health by learning how to keep an ideal level of humidity in the house.
Measuring relative humidity
There is an easy and inexpensive way to measure the humidity in your home, by using a hygrometer, which is an instrument specially designed for this purpose. You can purchase it from local store or hardware store. This instrument will confirm if the air in your home is too humid or not enough. There are two types of hygrometers that are more suited to domestic needs: the mechanical and the electronic hygrometer. Both of these devices function properly in most homes if used correctly.
You’ll simply have to place the hygrometer where the signs of moisture are most likely to occur. Do not place the hygrometer near a heater, a hot air diffuser, a fireplace or any other place where the results could be distorted by the direct heat. In winter, the recommended relative humidity is between 30% and 60%.
Solutions to maintain a proper humidity level
In order to keep an ideal level of humidity in your home, it’s vital to take some measures before it’s too late. For instance, if you are dealing with a low level of humidity and you feel a discomfort in the sense that the air is too dry and you can’t breath properly, opt for a humidifier. A good-quality humidifier will add sufficient moisture in the air, so that you won’t have to deal with dry skin, sore throat, chapped lips and so on anymore. It’s extremely recommended to keep the humidifier running especially during winter, when the air feels constantly dry. During warmer months, it’s more appropriate to opt for a dehumidifier in order to extract moisture from the air. You can choose to install the dehumidifier in a room where you feel the air is most humid but you can also opt for a whole house dehumidifier that will remove extra moisture from the entire house. Keep in mind that there are many sizes, shapes or styles to choose from so it’s up to you to make the best choice.