Condensation on your windows or patio doors is more than just a nuisance – the water dripping down your windows and obscuring your view may also be a warning sign that there’s too much moisture inside your house. For this reason, it’s important to recognize when the humidity in your home has risen beyond recommended levels.
Comfortable Humidity Levels in the Home
Humidity has a big effect on how comfortable you will be inside your home this winter. The right amount of moisture in the air will help keep your throat and nasal passages from drying out and prevent dry, itchy skin. Some people also find it easier to breathe in air that’s moist. In the winter, the majority of people find a relative indoor humidity of 25-60% and an indoor temperature of 65-70℉ to be comfortable. Those who suffer from asthma or allergies should never let humidity levels rise above 65% because this could lead to an upper respiratory infection.
How to Determine the Humidity in Your Home
Measuring the level of humidity in your home can be done easily using a hygrometer, which is an inexpensive instrument found at most hardware stores. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for other signs of excess humidity, such as water-filled blisters on exterior painted surfaces or damp spots on closet ceilings. If you think you might have a humidity problem, check out our blog with tips on how to reduce humidity levels in your home.
Do You Need Replacement Windows?
If you find that indoor humidity is under control but your old windows and glass doors are still having condensation problems, it may be time to consider installing replacement windows. Give Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA a call at (610) 756-8940 or contact us online and we’ll be glad to introduce you to a variety of high-quality, energy-efficient models.