There’s no mistaking it when your indoor humidity level is off. It will feel stuffy if it is too high and your skin will be flaking if it is too low. If your indoor air is dry enough, your cats and dogs will probably run away when you try to pet them. The reason is that you’ll probably give them an electrostatic shock every time. But what is the ideal level of indoor humidity? Well, before we answer that question, let’s look at the problems that can be caused when your home’s humidity level is too high or too low.
High Humidity Problems
If your home has a high indoor humidity level, that could cause all kinds of problems. Not only will you feel stuffy, your home could be quickly accumulating the following dangerous contaminants:
- Dust Mites
Not only does mold look extremely ugly, if it grows in excess it can cause severe health issues. Not only can it cause hay fever and other allergy problems, it can even lead to the development of asthma – or worsen cases in those already suffering from the condition.
Low Humidity Problems
But as bad has a high indoor humidity level can be, low humidity can be just as bad. These are just a few of the potential problems that can be caused by low humidity:
- Warped and cracked furniture
- Respiratory problems
- Skin irritation
- Static shocks
So What’s “Just Right?”
There’s no set-in-stone answer as to what the correct humidity level actually is. Just like people’s air temperature preferences are different, so are their humidity preferences. However, most studies show that the level of moisture in your home’s air should be around 40-50%. You can go to your local hardware store and purchase a device known as a hygrometer to measure your indoor humidity level.
If you are having problems keeping the humidity level at a good number, you probably need to have your heating and cooling system checked. At Global Efficient Energy, we’re experts at not only the proper operation of HVAC equipment, but also ways to make that equipment much more energy efficient. Give us a call at 1-888-826-7881 or contact us online to learn more.
By Abe Issa
Founder and CEO
Global Efficient Energy