A Guide to Maintaining Comfortable Humidity Levels at Home

Temperature changes can be hard on your eyes, throat, skin, and lungs—especially during the cooler months. When the air is colder, it has less moisture and humidity, which can be quite uncomfortable. 

However, you can address this by working on increasing the humidity inside your home. Here are some steps you can take to give your house a boost in humidity.

1. Look for Air Leaks and Seal Them

One of the best ways to increase humidity in your home is to look for air leaks and seal them as quickly as possible. Since warm air holds more moisture than cold air, you’ll see that if you live in a colder climate, there is more moisture in the air when you’re at home since your house is kept warm. If you have air leaks, that will cause your home to lose its heat quickly, and this can dry out the air.

To find the air leaks in your home, check the bottom of your doors and windows if you have a crawl space. If you see moisture or frost in these areas, that is a sign of an air leak. You can also check along the edges of your floors and walls. Check around the pipes of your water heater and furnace, windows, insulation, and utility lines that run through the walls.

2. Add Humidity through Daily Home Activities

Several daily activities help you add humidity to your home. You should keep these habits during the cooler months to keep you and your family protected from the cold.

One example is taking a hot shower. As the steam from the hot water rises from the shower, it can warm up the air and add a little bit of moisture.

Another way to add some moisture is to keep the windows open. This will allow the humidity to get inside your home instead of escaping outside.

3. Consider Purchasing a Small Humidifier

If you don’t want to leave windows open to get the added moisture, you can consider purchasing a small humidifier for your home. This equipment can increase the humidity level in your home by adding moisture to the air. You should also look for humidifiers that also include air filters. This will help you protect yourself and your family from harmful particulates.

4. Install a Whole-House Humidifier

Increase the humidity in your home more quickly by installing a whole-house humidifier. This equipment can be pretty expensive, but you can significantly increase the humidity level in your home. Just be sure to add a humidistat with this equipment. This tool will help you keep the level of humidity at a comfortable level.

If you choose to use a whole-house humidifier, the better part of the appliance should be placed in a central location in your home. The unit will allow you to control the humidity and filter the air circulating through your home.

Final Thoughts

No one wants to live in a too dry or too humid home. If humidity levels are too high, you can get sick and damage your home. If they’re too low, you can have itchy skin and trouble breathing. While the temperature outside can’t be changed, you can adjust the humidity in your home.

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