Is Humidity A Problem for Your Household?

There are benefits to low humidity. For example, moderately low humidity prevents dust mites, mold growth and pest problems.

People tend to be most comfortable at around 50% humidity, but extremely low humidity causes skin irritation, breathing problems, and excessive static electricity – ouch!

If anyone in your household is experiencing the above symptoms, you need help regulating home humidity.

Tips for Controlling Home Humidity

  • Get a humidity gauge. You can guess at humidity levels all day long, but you still won’t be as accurate as a humidity gauge. Depending on whether the gauge shows high or low levels, you’ll be left with one of the next two options.
  • Buy a humidifier. If the humidity levels are too low, put moisture back into your home air with a humidifier. Humidifier-Buying Tip: Stick with evaporative or steam humidifiers as opposed to cool-mist ones, which sometimes disseminate allergen-containing aerosols.
  • Buy a dehumidifier. If the humidity levels are too high, eliminate excessive moisture in the air with a dehumidifier.

Of course, there are other ways to proactively control humidity:

  • A home air conditioner is a costlier but more efficient way of controlling humidity throughout the hottest summer months.
  • Increase home ventilation in rooms with low or high humidity by opening windows.
  • Reduce the amount of carpeting in your home. Carpets trap and retain moisture and dust mites.

A comfortable home is a healthier home. If you or anyone in your home is itching, sneezing or coughing excessively, use the tips above to gauge humidity levels and take the necessary steps to regulate home humidity.

Contact the On Time Experts at one of our locations: 469-336-3435.

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