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Tips on How to Control Indoor Humidity
June 18 / 2022

Tips on How to Control Indoor Humidity

Do you ever feel sweaty even though you’re indoors and haven’t done anything physical? It might be the humidity. Unfortunately, humidity does not stay at the doorstep. Humidity DOES make its way inside. Worse, there’s no way to completely get rid of humidity. The good news is that your friends here at Rooter Hero Plumbing have a few tricks to bring that humidity down to tolerable levels. A great ventilation system is crucial, and if you’re in the market, then Rooter Hero Plumbing is your HVAC company to call. We offer everything from air conditioner repair to HVAC system installations. Call now to speak with a friendly representative.

How Much Humidity Is Too Much?

Humidity is the concentration of water vapor in the air. As such, humidity is measured as a percentage. While most people speak of humidity in a negative way, humidity is actually very important. For example, humidity levels of 0% would be too dry, causing all sorts of health issues such as irritated eyes and skin, dried mucous membranes along the respiratory tract, and even infectious diseases. High humidity levels, meanwhile, can disturb your body’s system of cooling, leading to sickness. Too much humidity is also just uncomfortable as it makes you feel sticky and clammy.

So, how much is too much humidity? Everyone has different levels of tolerance, but the "comfortable" band is between 35 and 55 percent. If you want to measure your home’s humidity level, then you will need a hygrometer. You can find one online for as little as around $10.

How to Increase Humidity Levels

If your nostrils are starting to dry up and your forehead feels like it’s about to crack, then the humidity levels might be too low. How can we get things back to normal? Well, you have to add moisture to the air. This can be as simple as leaving wet towels and clothes out to dry. You can also try placing a container of water near your radiator or heating system. If you have the means, you can purchase a humidifier. There are portable humidifiers as well as whole house humidifiers.

How to Decrease Humidity Levels

If you live out on the east coast, then your problem isn’t dry air. You are probably having trouble with TOO MUCH humidity! Unfortunately, taking moisture out of the air is not as simple as increasing humidity levels. To decrease humidity levels, you have to rely on your ventilation system or a dehumidifier. Rooter Hero Plumbing is happy to inspect your HVAC system to see if it’s up to standard. If the HVAC system and dehumidifier don’t help, then try these:

  • Use exhaust fans while cooking and bathing
  • If the air is drier outside, then open windows
  • Cook with covered pots
  • Take cool showers rather than hot showers
  • Reduce the number of plants in the house

How’s Your HVAC System?

Many HVAC units come with built-in humidifier or dehumidifier systems. If you would like to have a technician inspect your HVAC unit, then call Rooter Hero today. We are happy to schedule a convenient appointment or arrange an urgent dispatch.