High humidity in your home can cause a number of problems. Some of the most common problems caused by humidity are musty odors, feelings of stickiness, mold, mildew, and signs of condensation. The most accurate way to know if the humidity level is too high in your home is with a humidistat. A humidistat is like a thermostat but it measures the relative humidity and not the temperature. Humidistats are used in dehumidifiers and humidifiers.
With a humidistat you can measure the relative humidity (RH) levels inside your home. If those levels are higher than 70% RH they are optimal conditions for mold and dust mites. You want the humidity in your home to be between 45 and 55% as that level is the ideal RH for comfort and health. In addition to having a humidistat or a dehumidifier, some of the ways to cut down the humidity in your home include:
- Clothes dryers should be vented outdoors.
- Put vent fans in bathrooms.
- Be sure to seal air and duct leaks.
- Choose plants like Boston ferns that absorb moisture from the air.
- Keep air-conditioning drip pans and drain lines clean and unobstructed.
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