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What should your home humidity levels be set at each season?

Humidity levels can be a big deal in a home. Too little humidity can cause damage to your house, irritate your skin/eyes/sinuses or dry out your plants. But too much humidity can cause condensation on your windows, mold in your walls and even moisture damage.

(Side note: the reason I’m emailing about this topic is because my humidifier recently went down for a couple of weeks and my whole family noticed a huge difference…our skin was drier and itchier, we were getting shocked all the time and I noticed our wood shrinking in some spots of the house.)

So what levels are best at the various times of the year?

  1. If you have a humidifier on your furnace, here is a quick guide for what the settings should be for various outside temperatures.
    Outside Temperature Recommended RH
    +40 F 45%
    +30 F 40%
    +20 F 35%
    +10 F 30%
    0 F 25%
    -10 F 30%
    -20 F 15%
  2. If you do not have a humidifier on your furnace, here is a great article that will tell you how to measure the humidity levels and things you can do to change the humidity at different times of the year.

As always, please keep me in mind if you or anyone you know is looking to purchase a home. While I’m a Mortgage Specialist, I’m a homeowner too. So as a part of my client family I’m always looking for ways to save you money or pass along housing tips I pick up.

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