Controlling Humidity Levels in Your Home

We’ve previously discussed the effect that humidity has on wood cabinets. This week we look at ways to control humidity levels in your home that are healthy for both you and your cabinetry.

The Mayo Clinic has some good advice on how to measure humidity:

“The best way to test humidity levels in your house is with a hygrometer. This device, which looks like a thermometer, measures the amount of moisture in the air. Hygrometers can be purchased at hardware stores and department stores. When buying a humidifier, consider purchasing one with a built-in hygrometer (humidistat) that maintains humidity within a healthy range.”


Timex Thermometer with Indoor Hygrometer

There are many reasonably priced humidifiers available at both big box stores and online retailers. The benefits of having a humidifier in your home are many, including dealing with many of the symptoms that arise from the air being too dry. However, it’s important to make sure you keep your humidifier clean, and only run it when the relative humidity in your home is lower than 30 and no higher than 50. Too much humidity is as bad, or worse, than too little. This is why, as the Mayo Clinic suggests, humidifiers with built-in hygrometers are certainly a good investment.

Holmes Home Humidifier

Holmes Home Humidifier

Kitchen Views does not promote any particular brand of humidifier or hygrometer. This information is provided only to give you a starting point for your own research into the type of humidifier that will work best in your particular situation. We suggest you visit the Mayo Clinic website for more information and specifics regarding humidity levels.

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