Humidifiers Can Help
An obvious solution to dry air in your home is to run a humidifier. But you have to be careful about it. Too much humidity can result in equally harmful things like mold, bacteria and dust mites.
There are lots of articles and resources that teach you how to use a humidifier to control humidity. Practically every recommended method will involve using a hygrometer for measuring humidity.
The EPA recommends indoor humidity levels stay between 30%–60%. If you want to keep comfortable through the winter months, proper home humidity control is crucial.
Measuring Humidity is the Key
Want to maintain optimal humidity levels throughout the winter? Consider upgrading your home environment with some home monitoring equipment. A precision humidity gauge to track and monitor indoor humidity, such as an AcuRite digital hygrometer, will be your best
Used in conjunction with a quality, regularly-maintained and cleaned humidifier (NOTE: humidifiers can develop mold if not routinely cleaned), you can help ensure proper indoor conditions.
AcuRite's weather and environment products that track indoor humidity feature a humidity level icon, or home comfort icon, to easily convey a low, high or ideal humidity level for your health and home environment. The ideal humidity
level, or home comfort, is determined through relative humidity (RH) levels.
LOW Humidity Level
Less than 25% RH Humidity level is low relative to the temperature. This makes for a dry environment.
OK Humidity Level
Between 25% - 55% RH Humidity level is OK relative to the temperature. This makes for a comfortable environment.
HIGH Humidity Level
Over 55% RH Humidity level is high relative to the temperature. This makes for a humid environment.
1Krisha McCoy, MS, "Regular HVAC Care Helps Control Allergy Symptoms," Everyday Health October 10, 2013
2 Reviewed by Lisa B. Bernstein, MD, “Manage Dry Indoor Air This Winter,” WebMD May 22, 2015
3 Darcy Logan, “How to Maintain the Proper Humidity Levels in Your Home,” doityourself