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How Humid Should My House Be?


Humidity has a lot to do with the comfort level in your home. A home that is too humid will have a damp, sticky feel. For many people, will be very uncomfortable. Just like a home can be too humid, there are many problems with having a home that does not have enough moisture. One common question is “How humid should my house be?”. In this article we aim to provide guidance on appropriate humidity levels. This will help you balance out comfort and proper care for your home. Another important point, is that proper humidity levels are dependent on the climate and where you live, so be sure to consult with a trained expert in your area. While likely widely applicable, this article is written with the Gulf Coast in mind.

What’s the Right Humidity Level?

Finding the right humidity level for your home is partially a personal decision. While some prefer a drier environment, others may prefer more moisture in the air. People coming from dry and arid locations will often not be accustomed to the more humid environment of the Gulf Coast.

If your home has too much moisture, it can lead to mildew and mold issues. These issues then can lead to significant health and breathing issues. On the other hand, air that is too dry can lead to damage within your home as well as other health issues like dry skin, nosebleeds, among others. Finding a proper balance is important.

The most common recommendations include keeping indoor humidity between 30-60%. Most will find that indoor humidity levels between 45-55% are more realistic and appropriate for most homes. Humidity levels above 55% will typically feel uncomfortable. Excess humidity can cause moisture to settle on surfaces, which can lead to mold.

How Can I Find Out How Humid my Home Is?

One of the best ways to keep track of the humidity level in your home is to purchase a humidity sensor, which is also called a hygrometer. Most hygrometers will show the current humidity level as well as the current indoor temperature. Some models also show the high and low humidity and temperature over a period of time. An average hygrometer can be purchased at your local home improvement store or online for approximately $10-$20.

Picture of a humidity sensor, also called a hygrometer

What to do to Reduce High Indoor Humidity?

Your central air conditioning is your home’s largest dehumidifier. When running properly, air conditioning systems remove humidity from the air by replacing damp, warm air with drier, cool air. Sometimes, air conditioning is not enough to remove excess humidity on its own. In this case, a dehumidifier can be purchased to assist in removing indoor moisture.

Even during times away from your home, be sure that your air conditioning is still set to run, and if necessary, add a dehumidifier to help keep your empty home within an appropriate humidity level.

About BioClean Remediation, LLC

BioClean Remediation LLC has been serving the Gulf Coast and beyond for over 10 years. Don’t wait to find out if you have a mold problem. The earlier you catch a mold the better. Remediating mold in its early stages can be easier to treat and may be less costly than more advanced mold issues. 

An air quality test and mold inspection from BioClean Remediation, LLC is the best place to start in identifying and treating a mold problem. We will conduct a thorough visual inspection and air quality test. We use the latest technology in mold detection and provide you with a comprehensive analysis of the types and levels of mold present. If mold is not present, we will provide recommendations on how to keep your home and business mold-free and healthy for everyone. Give us a call at 251-504-0747 or contact us for a mold inspection and air quality analysis.