Condensation on your windows or patio doors in Bethlehem is more than just a nuisance. That water dripping down your windows and obstructing your view may also be a warning sign that there is too much moisture inside your house. For this reason, it’s important to be able 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 are in your home in winter. The right amount of moisture will help keep your throat and nasal passages from drying out and prevent dry, itchy skin. Some also find it easier to breathe air that is moist. In 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 get above 65%, as this could lead to an upper respiratory infection.
How to Determine Humidity Levels
Measuring your home’s humidity level can be done easily with the use of a hygrometer, which is inexpensive and can be 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 outside paint surfaces or damp spots on closet ceilings. If you think you might have a humidity problem, check out last month’s blog for 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 replacement windows in Bethlehem. Give Renewal by Andersen® of Northeast PA a call at (610) 849-2800, and we’ll be glad to introduce you to a variety of great energy-efficient models.