High humidity in your home can be uncomfortable, there’s nothing worse than the feeling of sticky clothing, wet surfaces or breathing in soggy, damp air that makes you splutter and cough. If any of those sound familiar to you, then you need a dehumidifier in that room asap. Humidity in the home needs to be kept within a range of 50 to 55% in order for a comfortable living or working experience. If the humidity is too high, then you may experience the windows condensation on the inside of windows in the room, along with the air becoming stale.

 

 

 

What is humidity?

Humidity refers to how much moisture is in the air expressed as a percentage of the amount of water that air could possibly contain at atmospheric pressure ambient temperature. So, a room at 20 degrees Celsius will have a relative humidity of 50%. If the temperature rises by 5 degrees, then that same air will contain double as much water so the relative humidity will fall to 25% while the absolute humidity and specific humidity will be constant.

How can I measure the humidity in my home?

Hygrometers measure humidity, much like a thermometer measures temperature. Hygrometers are available in electronic or mechanical variants and can be a useful indicator in letting you know the relative humidity in the home. To get an accurate reading make sure that you place the hygrometer away from any sources of moisture or heat.

 

 

What is an ideal humidity level for my home?

The optimal range for humidity in your home will vary between 50 to 55%. To much humidity will enable an environment that is able to host parasites such as dust mites and increase the ability for pathogens to breed. You may also find you develop respiratory issues as well. On the flip side, a home that has too little humidity may result in dry skin and eyes as well as provide a breeding ground for viruses such as influenza.

Controlling the optimal humidity zone to within the 50 – 55% range is not that easy in certain environments but it is essential if you wish to live or work in a comfortable environment.

 

 

How do I control the humidity in my home?

Humidity in the home can be controlled to comfortable levels by the use of a dehumidifier. These units come in both portable and fixed units and vary in size and operating efficiency. They are rated in their output by their capacity to pull moisture from the air. A large dehumidifier unit that can clear your entire home may pull around 70 pints of water from the air every day, while a smaller unit may remove around 20 pints, the medium sized units falling in the range in-between.

Selecting the right dehumidifier can be a confusing task, but with the right knowledge and by seeking the right advice from a professional, it is possible to control the humidity levels in your home perfectly in any room.

 

 

Most dehumidifiers are set and forget units, meaning that you set them up and then leave them to do their duty, they go to work quickly and even a small unit in a bedroom will have the air feeling fresher and drier with minutes. Setup and maintenance for a portable dehumidifier is also really easy and can be taken care of a few minutes every other day. Control humidity in the home and you will have a happier, fresher, cleaner environment to live in. You can buy dehumidifier here or check out our home page for more information of course if you have any questions at all you can contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help with any questions you may have. If you’re ready to order you can order now or why not check out our instruction manual for more information.

 

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