What’s the Best Humidity Level for Your Maryland Home?

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If you’ve been wondering what the humidity level should be in your house, then this article is for you. Everyone has their own preference for what they consider a comfortable humidity level. Aside from personal preference, the ideal humidity level should be between 30% and 50%.

Some of the main causes of humidity in your house include showering, boiling water on the stove, and drying your clothes inside. Following these tips will help you prevent microorganism growth.

Finding Your Home’s Ideal Humidity Level

How To Find the Current Humidity Level in Your House

You first need to know the current humidity level in your house. To do that, you’ll need a hygrometer. This tool measures temperature and relative humidity.

Once you know what your humidity level is, how do you change it?

Maintaining Relative Humidity Levels

Usually, it’s possible to adjust and maintain the humidity level with a few simple tools. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can be used along with your HVAC system to add or remove moisture from the air. 

It’s important to also maintain these devices to get the maximum effectiveness from them. Humidity levels that stay out of whack in your home can create costly issues later.

What Problems Occur When Indoor Humidity Levels Are Off?

  • Excess moisture promotes the growth and spread of mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria.
  • Asthma and allergy sufferers may experience worse or more frequent symptoms.
  • High humidity levels can cause visible condensation. Yuck.
  • Cold and flu viruses may spread faster.
  • Dry air pulls moisture from your skin, leaving you feeling cold despite warmer temperatures.
  • Flooring, windows, and doors can get cracked or damaged.

Identifying Humidity Problems in Your Home

Very high or low humidity in your home means it’s time to have your home’s ventilation and insulation inspected.

Southern Pride Service has been in business for over 25 years, serving Southern Maryland and the surrounding areas. We service, maintain and install most types of heating and air equipment.

Contact us today to schedule a visit to inspect any humidity issues in your home.