Why is humidity so important?

 Humidity isn’t often considered a threat when it comes to making homes safe and comfortable. But we’ve got some surprising facts on how humidity can affect your home, directly from our Smart Home experts. 

When your home is too humid it can interrupt your sleep, make your home feel muggy and even cause mould to grow on the walls! 

When a home has low humidity, it can damage the wooden furniture within your home and cause dry, itchy skin and even make you more susceptible to colds and infections! 

So what’s the perfect Humidity range?

We recommend between 45-55% which is the perfect humidity, although 30-60% is known as comfortable. 

I’m noticing high humidity in my home, how can I decrease it?

One of the most efficient ways to reduce humidity is to get a dehumidifier. They work by sucking in air from the room over a coil cooled to a really low temperature by an internal refrigeration system. The water vapor condenses on the cold surface and the liquid water drips into the water collection bucket underneath.

But before taking the plunge to buy a dehumidifier, there are plenty of natural ways to bring your humidity level down. 

Increasing airflow is crucial to keeping the air in your home fresh. Fans, air conditioning units and opening windows can do a great job at moving stale and trapped moisture from your home.

Avoiding adding excessive moisture into your home can also help. Things like, taking cooler showers, drying clothes outside and even ensuring you’re not over watering your plants can all help bring your humidity level down.

I’m noticing low humidity in my home, how can I increase it?

If your home’s humidity is too low, it can impact your health as well as your home. Thankfully, there are some really simple steps you can take to increase your humidity to a safe and comfortable range. 

You want to ensure that whenever hot water is present in your home, you’re not getting rid of it straight away. For example, cooking without the extractor fan on, showering with the windows closed, or waiting until your bath water gets cold before draining it. 

House plants are also a fantastic way to keep your home’s humidity at a comfortable level. Some plants can draw the moisture from the air while others can constantly expel it into the atmosphere. So it is well worth doing your research if you’re considering purchasing specific plants for this purpose. 

Hopefully by now you’re fully equipped to master your home’s humidity level. If you’re looking to keep a closer eye on how your humidity level fluctuates around your home, try our Smart Leak Sensor Kit which detects a single drop of water and notifies you via the Neos app if any water is detected. Plus, with an integrated sound alarm, you’ll never miss an alert.

You can get more information on the Neos Smart Leak Sensor Kit here.