What Should The Humidity Level Be In Your Home?
Whether you live in the South where things are almost always moist, or out West where many places are naturally drier, or anywhere in between, it’s important to maintain excellent indoor air quality. Even across the country’s Northern states, the air outside can get extremely sticky, especially in the middle of summer, and this directly affects the humidity of your indoor living spaces. So what should the humidity level be in your home? Take a quick tour with us through your home to learn how to keep things dry and healthy for you and your loved ones. We’ll also share some helpful tips for what to do if you think you might have a moisture control problem that needs further examination by a professional.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s answer to the question of indoor humidity levels is around 60%, but ideally even lower in the 30-50% range, in order to prevent problems like mold. (Check out the EPA’s very helpful mold resources, starting with https://www.epa.gov/mold/ten-things-you-should-know-about-mold). But this still begs the question of how you can keep things that dry in the first place, especially if you live in one of the nation’s more humid areas – so read on for our Top Three suggestions to keep your home drier, healthier and more energy-efficient!
Get a dehumidifier (or two, or three!).
We’re not trying to insult your intelligence here, we promise – we’re just trying to reinforce a basic step that can save you so much money in the long run. Investing in quality dehumidifiers will help to minimize your risk of more serious moisture control problems that will require a lot of time and money to fix. Depending on how your home was built, including where your furnace and air conditioning units are located, the quality of building and insulation materials, and a host of other factors, you might just have a house that is naturally more humid. So investing a couple hundred dollars in a dehumidifier might save you thousands in the long run – sure, you’ll have a slightly higher electric bill, but you’re probably going to be avoiding a host of other issues that can come along with indoor air that’s too moist: everything from water damage to toxic black mold. If you have a basement and/or a crawlspace, then at least one dehumidifier is a must-have. Consider buying additional dehumidifiers for other persistently moist areas of your home. We’re sure you’ll be glad you did!
This is an even easier step than getting a dehumidifier, because it can be as simple as periodically opening your windows during less humid times of the day or night in order to get fresh air circulating through your living spaces. A breeze can work wonders for your indoor air quality and it can help dry out any moist air that’s been lingering inside your home. So when there’s actually a break in the summer heat, take the opportunity to get some fresh air in your house – and, if possible, ventilate your basement too, even if it’s just with basic box fans.
Keeping your home clean will help your humidity level because it will force you to take a regular look at all the surfaces in your home where moisture might be lurking and ultimately impacting the quality of the air you breathe. Make a regular cleaning schedule and do your very best to stick to it while ensuring that you’re also taking a regular peek into all the nooks and crannies of your home – everything from closets to cabinets, not to mention your attic and any other areas that normally go unnoticed. Discovering a leak or other moist spot will help you head off the issue before it becomes more serious, and it will help your overall indoor humidity.
When it comes to moisture control for your home, there isn’t a better name to trust than AdvantaClean. For 25 years we’ve been giving homeowners across America the finest moisture mitigation services available – everything from mold remediation to air duct cleaning and even basement waterproofing and crawl space encapsulation. So if you’ve got a concern about your indoor air quality, whether it’s the humidity level or possibly something more serious like a musty smell that you think could be a mold problem, then don’t wait any longer to reach out to us. Our certified teams of highly-trained moisture control technicians are standing by with the best equipment available. We’re ready to get to work for you and your family, and we guarantee your complete satisfaction with our services. You can try to DIY, or you can chance it with another service provider, but instead why not trust the very best company in America? Let us show you how it’s not clean until it’s AdvantaClean!
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