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Where should you keep your home’s humidity?

by DrPrem Jagyasi

You might think about setting the right temperature in your home, but you might not strategically set your humidity. This is a mistake, as you could be creating unhealthy air and driving up your heating and air costs.

The average home should have a humidity level between 35 and 45 percent, depending on the moisture outside. As the moisture decreases (typically because of drops in temperature), the humidity in your home should follow suit. As a rule of thumb, for every 10-degree drop in temperature, your humidity levels should drop by 5 percent. If you’re unsure about the humidity levels in your home, it may be time to invest in a hygrometer to keep an eye on changes in humidity.

So why are humidity levels so important? High humidity levels can facilitate mold growth, which can cause breathing problems and worsen existing conditions. The last thing you want is to cough and wheeze when you’re at home and feel worse the longer you spend in your house. Conversely, low humidity levels caused by dry air can easily spread dust that gets picked up from the wind. Low humidity levels and cool temperatures can cause asthma flare-ups and worsen allergies. This means you need to keep the humidity levels balanced or risk your family and also your guests struggling to breathe.

 

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