I’ve received many questions this winter about humidifiers. What the right setting should be? Is it set too high, too low? How to tell if it’s working properly, not working at all, etc. While every home is different and there’s no exact answer, here are a collection of responses that you may find helpful.
First, I highly recommend getting a hygrometer that will measure the moisture content in a room. They are inexpensive and very useful in figuring out the humidity in your home. If you adjust your humidifier and don’t see a change on your hygrometer it might mean that the humidifier isn’t working.
You can also take a look at your windows to see how much moisture (if any) is on them. If there is condensation you will most likely want to turn your humidifier down.
If you touch someone and you get nasty static shocks then it’s time to turn the humidifier up.
Keep in mind that every home is different and it can be affected by how many people live there, how many showers are taken, the amount of laundry done and more. Even how many times an exterior door opens can affect it.
So what is the right setting? According to NrCan, humidity levels above 20% will make the air feel warmer and more comfortable while levels over 40% can cause frosting and fogging of windows, staining of walls and ceilings and more.
It may be a bit of trial and error to get the setting you are looking for and of course it will change depending on the temperature outside. In the end though, it’s totally worth it for your comfort.
If you are having problems with your humidifier, just give us a call at 1-800-266-3939.
I hope this helps you have a more comfortable winter.