Humidity in Your House Matters - Here's Why

Home is where you feel the most comfortable around. At least, it should be that way - unless the humidity levels in your house are out of control.

Apparently, humidity in your house matters - and here’s why!

You might be wondering now:

“Who has the time to care about humidity anyway?”

Well, it turns out, everyone should, as improper humidity levels indoor can affect both your overall health and the condition your house is in. Not to mention that bugs might feel more welcome in it as well.

But worry not, as there are ways for you to keep track of the humidity levels and do some small fixes around the house to make things better. Apart from making you more comfortable, it might even help you with the energy bills - you can’t say no to that, can you?

Keep reading on to find out more about humidity in your house and what you can do about it!


        
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Why is excess moisture a big thing?

Now…

You’re probably still thinking about those bugs.

Yes, bugs are just one of the products of excess moisture around the house - most creatures like damp, moisture places. However, the random silverfish here and there isn’t the worst thing that happens if you have improper relative humidity inside.

One of the biggest problems of having high humidity indoor is the increased risk of mold and mildew appearing - and mold can be the biggest enemy your house has ever seen. Apart from being able to totally mess up your health, it’s almost impossible to get rid off!

But here’s where it gets worse:

Chances are, if you have more than 65% humidity inside, you very likely have mold causing structural damages on certain spots in your home. And the worst part - you probably can’t even see those spots.

However, the mold isn’t the only thing that enjoys high humidity - different viruses, fungi, mites and other weird creatures no one really acknowledges thrive and largely affect your health.

So while you might not be aware of it, the comfort - or discomfort - you experience at your own house may be related to the high humidity levels!


        
            Landlord showing molds to Special Forces
(Landlord showing molds to Special Forces)

Hold on - how is that even possible?

Are you still having doubts whether or not the air quality in your house can make that big of an impact on your health? You’re probably thinking - but how do people who live in humid climates survive, if it’s that big of a deal?

Well… here’s the kicker:

Humans experience excess humid differently outdoor and indoor.

If it’s too humid outside, you’re very likely just going to be bothered by the thickness of the air and you’ll break up a sweat. And your hair will get weird.

However, if it’s too humid in your house, get ready to possibly go through episodes of allergies, respiratory infections, rashes, asthma and in some cases, even a weakened immune system.

In fact, some studies have even linked uncontrolled humidity levels with mood swings, depression, and negative emotions - which kind of makes sense. Everyone get’s cranky when not feeling comfortable, right?


        
            The Cure - Mood Swings

So should I make my house as dry as possible?

Let’s take a look on the other side of the coin - having way too little humidity in your house is bad as well!

Actually, whenever you’re spending time in a room that has low humidity levels, your body is emitting energy faster - and you start feeling cold.

Then, probably in an effort to make yourself feel warmer, you add points to your thermostat, which should help most of the time. However, it does come with a price tag - and quite literally, as your heating bills are very likely going to get higher!

On top of that, low humidity may be connected to a variety of stubborn skin conditions you’ve been struggling with for years - patches of dry, itchy skin, cracked hands, irritated elbows and knees and even eczema!

If they’re not caused by any other medical reason and won’t go away no matter what you do, it might be time to check whether the humidity levels are the ones to blame.

Oh, and this may sound weird but…

Whenever you’re lacking some moist in the air around your house, dust might just pile up like crazy.

And if nothing else convinced you, then dusting less sure sounds like a good enough reason to think twice about the humidity in your house!

What’s the bottom line of all this?

You’re probably thinking - I’ll just go and live in a place where humidity isn’t that big of an issue!

Well… there are other things you could do.

A step in the right direction would definitely be grabbing a hygrometer, an instrument that helps you determine humidity levels indoors. This little guy over here comes with a budget-friendly price; not only does it keep track whether the humidity is too high or too low but it also indicates when the conditions are ideal.


          
              Hygrometer

Another option to consider might be going to the (de)humidifier way. These machines do what they say they do. Now, I didn’t try any of them before. And I don’t like giving advise on things I haven’t experienced myself. But after long period of research, I’m about to buy a dehumidifier myself. So stay tuned if ou’re curious. I’m gonna definitely write about those in coming weeks.

Let’s get back to our subject, you may be wondering: What’s the ideal humidity?

The answer to that question would be that ideal humidity very largely depends on the season. Of course, getting a humidifier - or a dehumidifier - surely helps!

However, bear in mind these numbers:

  • During the summer months - if we take 72-79F (22-26C) as the average indoor temperature - it shouldn’t be more than 60% inside or somewhere between 40-60%.
  • During the winter months - if we take 68-75F (20-23C) as the average indoor temperature - it should be more or less at 20%.

Talking about ideal…

Another thing that you could do would be to get your house checked. See whether there are some holes or anything that needs to be fixed so air - and thus humidity - doesn’t leak in or out faster than it should.

Older homes and buildings are usually less energy efficient and thus at larger risk of developing excess moisture - if there might be a way to fix the poor insulation your building has, then fixing it is very much worth it.

However, modern buildings can also be troublesome - some can be super insulated, with doors and windows that are weather-stripped! That means that air - no matter whether it has excess moisture or is too dry - stays trapped inside!

If that’s the case with you, then allow for some air flow – just open your windows – a couple of times per day.

Okay, I’m definitely selling my house and moving to Hawaii then

Now, now…

Things aren’t that bad. Besides, it’s pretty humid on Hawaii as well.

You’ll only need to keep track of humidity levels and adjust the rest accordingly.

If bad humidity levels were the problem - that you weren’t aware you had in the first place - you’re bound to start noticing improvements right away. You can say goodbye to mold and mildew, allergies, dry skin patches, unreasonable heating bills… and bugs, of course.

But you can certainly welcome in the feeling of happiness and notice how the well-being of everyone in the house almost instantly improves!

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