The humidity level in your home can have a big impact on how comfortable it feels. Finding the right home humidity level is important for comfort and to lower the risk of health issues. Keep these tips in mind for determining the humidity level your Indianapolis home should maintain.
Finding the Right Humidity Level
How humid should your home be? This depends in part on how well you handle humidity and what the outdoor temperature is. For example, your home’s humidity level shouldn’t go above 50 percent when it’s over 50 degrees outside. During cold winters in Indianapolis, your indoor humidity level should stay below 40 percent. The colder it is outside, the lower your humidity level inside should be. Ideally, your humidity level should stay between 30 and 50 percent to keep your home feeling comfortable and reduce the risk of potential health issues and other problems.
Importance of a Healthy Humidity Level
What happens if your humidity level is too high? This can encourage mold growth and allow germs to thrive inside your home, putting you at risk of respiratory problems and other health issues. If the humidity in your home is too low, you can end up having skin irritation and sinus problems from too much dryness in the air. High or low humidity levels can also cause damage to some items in your home.
How to Maintain the Right Humidity Level
Once you determine your home humidity level, how can you maintain it? If your home is too humid, a dehumidifier can remove excess moisture in the air and lower your humidity level. If your home isn’t humid enough, using a humidifier or having a whole-house humidifier installed can ensure a healthy humidity level at all times. Keep in mind that you’re more likely to need a humidifier in winter when your furnace is running, since it can dry out the air in your home. During summer, you might need a dehumidifier more to get rid of too much moisture.
If you need more help improving your home humidity levels, please contact Detmer and Sons.