When you consider keeping your home as tidy and comfortable as possible, humidity is unlikely to come to mind. You may think about daily cleaning, adding new rugs or furniture, and adjusting the thermostat. But humidity is a vital part of the health and livability inside any building, whether you notice it or not!

Why does high humidity matter?

When humidity within the home is too high, typically above the 60% range (although some sources may say as low as 45-50%) it can begin to cause issues. These aren’t just problems for your home, but for you and your family. High humidity increases the risk of mold and mildew growth, encourages insects, and can even lead to structural issues.

High humidity can also worsen health conditions such as:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Mold allergies

Why does low humidity matter?

While humidity that is too high can cause problems for the health of you (and your house), an overly low humidity level can have just as significant consequences. This is more common during the autumn and winter months, when the natural humidity outside begins to fall. Inside your home wooden materials can warp and shrink, and even wallpaper may begin to peel. Allergies and asthma symptoms can flare, along with cold symptoms. It can also lead to other health issues:

  • Chapped lips
  • Bloody noses
  • Dry skin and eyes
  • Itching
  • Scratchy throat

What is the ideal humidity for a home?

Sources vary, but according the research, the ideal range falls anywhere between 30-60% relative humidity. Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air relative to the temperature of the space, while absolute humidity simply measures water vapor. More recent research seems to suggest that 40-60% is the ideal, but you can decide for yourself based on the impact the current humidity level is having on you and your home.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to adjust the humidity to be either lower or higher: a humidifier (or dehumidifer) is a quick and effective method. You can also try adding moisture in a pinch through cooking, boiling water, or showering- though these methods may be less advisable.

If you have questions about the effect of humidity in your home or are experiencing humidity-related mold issues, please don’t hesitate to contact the Flood Medix!