Humidity levels in the Houston area can be unbearable in the summer. High humidity not only makes you sweat more, feel sticky, and generally uncomfortable; it can also cause certain health issues and damage to your home. While outdoor humidity is beyond your control, you can adjust the humidity level inside your home to create a more comfortable and healthier environment. In order to do that, you need to first know the ideal indoor humidity level in the summer.

What Is the Optimal Humidity Level in the Summer?

In the summer months, the humidity level in your home should be between 30 percent and 45 percent. It is important to keep the level within this range because too much or too little humidity can lead to a variety of problems. If the levels are too low, you will likely experience health problems such as dry skin, or see damage to your wood fixtures. On the other hand, if your home is too humid, there will be an increase in harmful biological growth, which can trigger health issues such as skin or eye irritation, allergies, and respiratory problems.

How to Measure Humidity Levels in Your Home

The easiest way to determine the levels in your home is to use a hygrometer. A hygrometer uses a scale that ranges from zero percent (extremely dry) to 100 percent (extremely humid) to measure humidity. This tool is affordable and easy to use. All you need to do is wrap it in a damp cloth and wait several hours for it to display an accurate reading. Alternatively, you can hire a professional to conduct a humidity reading in your home.

After assessing the humidity level in your home, you can achieve the ideal level by setting your thermostat to “auto” or getting an air ventilator or dehumidifier. If you need help creating and maintaining a comfortable level in your Houston home this summer, give Maxx A/C & Heating a call at (281) 338-2653.

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