Humidity is important, but too much or too little can cause a variety of health problems or damage your home.
When the air in your home is too dry, it can crack walls and ceilings and narrow the frame around windows and doors, allowing cool air to enter and making your home less energy efficient. Dry air also draws moisture from your body, leading to conditions such as a dry nose, sore throat, and itchy skin. Also, when the respiratory system is dry, viruses are more likely to invade, increasing the chances of catching colds, flu, and upper respiratory problems.
Too much moisture, on the other hand, leads to a number of different problems: damp spots on the walls, musty smells, and mold. When it comes to health, too much humidity provides an optimal environment for bacteria, dust mites, and fungal growth. All of these can lead to breathing problems, especially in people with asthma and allergies. The ideal humidity level is between 30% and 60%. So how do you find that delicate balance between too much and too little humidity in your home?
Get a hygrometer, a small, inexpensive, and easy-to-use tool that measures humidity in your home. Place it where moisture problems are most obvious. Keep away from direct heat, such as near a radiator or heat source.
Simple changes to your lifestyle can help, like reminding you to open or close windows and doors. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to install a dehumidifier or whole-house humidifier, such as those offered by Aprilaire. These products address moisture problems that affect the entire home and allow homeowners to add or remove the appropriate amount of moisture for a healthy living environment.
A room must be balanced. Specifically, the furniture in each room must be placed in a visually pleasing way and easy to maneuver. If all heavy furniture such as sofas, armchairs, entertainment centers, and shelves are loaded on one side of the room, a room can look like a sinking ship.
On the other hand, if you arrange furniture around the room at random, a room can appear cluttered even when it is relatively empty. Think about the size of your living room in relation to the amount of furniture you have.