The level of humidity inside a house is something that homeowners should pay attention to. Homes can be kept at different humidity levels, with the most common being between 40-60% relative humidity. This range allows for proper air circulation and reduces the risk of mold growth in your home. Additionally, if you have allergies or asthma, it’s important to watch how humid your indoor environment is because high levels may trigger symptoms like coughing and sneezing. The best way to measure the amount of moisture in your home is by using a hygrometer.
What is a hygrometer?
Think of a humidistat as a thermostat for your home, except it takes care not just to regulate temperature but humidity levels too. The perfect balance of water and air is what you want for your home. A humidistat can help with this, turning it on or off in response to the humidity levels so that it’s just right where needed.
Here are some signs to watch for if your home has poor humidity, according to Lennox.
How to Tell if Your Home Has Poor Indoor Humidity
Having the correct moisture level in your home’s air is critical to feeling your best and creating the perfect environment. Here are some signs that your home’s humidity level is weighing you down:
- You’re not sleeping well. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, think about your air. Too much or too little humidity can sabotage your slumber, according to the National Sleep Foundation. When there’s too much humidity in the air, your body must work harder to evaporate sweat to cool itself. As a result, you might struggle to fall and stay asleep. Breathing in air that’s too dry can irritate your throat and lead to fits of coughing.
- You can’t stop sweating inside your home. It can be exhausting when you feel like you’re constantly sticky and covered in sweat. While you can’t control humidity levels outside, you have control over your home.
- You have difficulty breathing. High home humidity levels can often lead to asthma symptoms such as chest tightness and wheezing. Humidity levels that are too low can also lead to a host of respiratory problems.
All homes are different, which means they will experience changes and have different humidity levels. That’s why it’s so important to get an air quality test.
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